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Ex-Sheriff Draws 4-Month Prison Sentence for Grocery Theft

December 16, 1993

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ A former sheriff was sentenced Wednesday to four months in prison for taking home $39,000 worth of groceries that were fraudulently billed to a county jail.

Francis Giles, 51, received the prison sentence despite a prosecutor’s recommendation that he be put on probation.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara said Giles should go to prison because he had betrayed his oath as a public official while he was sheriff in the county north of Buffalo.

″As sheriff of Niagara County, you broke the rules and acted as if they applied to everyone except yourself,″ Arcara told Giles. A weeping Giles had apologized before the sentencing.

Arcara also imposed a $10,000 fine, three years of probation, 500 hours of community service and restitution. Giles pleaded guilty in September and resigned after eight years as sheriff and 31 years in the sheriff’s department.

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