Former Berkeley Co. sheriff's deputy indicted on federal weapons charges

Former Berkeley Co. sheriff's deputy indicted on federal weapons charges

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A former Berkeley County sheriff's deputy was indicted in federal court on Monday on federal weapons charges.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced that 60-year-old Tony Allen Riley of Goose Creek was charged in a two count indictment with two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person. Riley was arrested and arraigned on Monday.

“I was surprised and disappointed to learn today of the arrest of Tony Riley by Federal officials.  Mr. Tony Riley has already been terminated from his employment with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office," said Sheriff Wayne DeWitt with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office." We are disappointed in Mr. Riley’s conduct and want to assure the public it does not reflect on the integrity of other members of the sheriff’s office.”

Authorities say at the time of his arrest, and during the dates listed in the indictment, Riley was employed by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, after having previously retired as a captain with the sheriff’s office.

Nettles said that the case was investigated by agents of the FBI and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in this indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The maximum penalty Riley could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of ten years on each count.

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