Former Berkeley County deputy sentenced to prison

Former Berkeley County deputy sentenced to prison

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A former Berkeley County deputy has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison for selling firearms to a person he knew was indicted for a crime, officials say.

Investigators with the FBI say Tony Riley of Goose Creek, 62, sold firearms to an individual indicted for a crime on two separate occasions in December 2013, while he was employed at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

"Community policing is a time-honored practice here in our state," Acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said. "Effective community policing is founded on both the desire of officers to protect and serve and the trust of the people the officers serve. That trust is critical to both the safety of our officers and our communities. For this reason, both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office, working hand-in-hand with the Department of Justice, will give top priority to prosecuting those few officers who commit abuses, dishonoring their badge and the bravery and integrity of their fellow officers."

Riley held the rank of lieutenant prior to his retirement in 2008 and subsequent return to the Sheriff's Office in 2009.

He will be supervised for one year after being released.

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