Sheriff’s Deputies Sentenced to Probation for Conspiring to Sell Drugs They Stole

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FRESNO — Two former Kern County sheriff’s deputies, Logan August and Derrick Penney, who conspired with another law enforcement officer to sell drugs they stole from evidence lockers, were sentenced here Monday morning to probation. They will do no prison time.

The disgraced officers, who both admitted to besmirching the badge and betraying their fellow officers, their families and the community, had faced maximum sentences of five years.

But in an extraordinary and tearful sentencing hearing presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill, the two officers were spared prison time by the judge, who was clearly moved by the defendants’ remorse, their decision to voluntarily confess everything to investigators, the pain the families have already suffered, and the unwavering support the two wives have given their husbands.

“Being the wife of a law enforcement officer is not easy,” the judge told Tiffany August and Callie Penney after asking both women to stand.

“Being the wife of a fallen law enforcement officer is even more difficult.”

O’Neill went on to acknowledge that the wives had taken “the brunt,” maybe the largest share, of the suffering meted out by the acts of their husbands.

“The two of you have been incredible not to have gotten into the U-Haul and taken off,” he said. “The both of you should be proud.”

Federal prosecutors had recommended a nine-month prison term for August, who was seen as more deeply involved than Penney.

In a sentencing memorandum filed last month, prosecutors said a nine-month term was appropriate for August in part “because the need to deter police corruption of this kind is of paramount importance.”

Prosecutors said August used his position as a deputy to steal marijuana that would have been destroyed and instead helped spread it into the community.

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