Grand jury indicts suspended Florence County sheriff on new charges

Grand jury indicts suspended Florence County sheriff on new charges

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Suspended Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone has been indicted by a state grand jury on misconduct and ethics violation charges.

According to a press release from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Boone is charged with one count of misconduct in office and three counts of campaign ethics violations.

The indictment alleges Boone received campaign contributions and failed to put them in his campaign account or keep any record of their use and converted them to his personal use, the release stated.

“Even if proven true, which nobody is saying they are, all of them were just dealing with a few hundred dollars. We’re not talking about thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, we’re talking about several hundred dollars in total," said Boone’s attorney, Butch Bowers.

Boone was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond, concurrent with his previous bond, Monday afternoon.

“We feel very good moving forward with his case and we look forward to a resolution sooner than later. When this is all said and done, Kenny should be able to move on with his life and we hope that we can make that happen for him," said Bowers.

The misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to the release. The ethics violations are statutory misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine no less than $5,000 and not more than 500 percent of the number of contributions that should have been reported.

Boone was first arrested in April on two counts of embezzlement and one count of misconduct. He is accused of using thousands in funds from the sheriff’s office for personal use.

William “Billy” Barnes has been serving as interim Florence County sheriff since April, following Boone’s arrest.

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