Bribery case prompts sheriff’s office to make changes
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bribery case against a former home confinement officer in West Virginia has prompted the sheriff’s office he worked for to make procedural changes.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has instituted two major changes after Jacques Vance admitted taking bribes, home confinement program chief Harry Carpenter told The Charleston Gazette-Mail in a Sunday report .
Vance pleaded guilty in September to one count of felony bribery in official and political matters. He is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday in county court and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Vance accepted $4,000 in cash from Robert Henry Hebert Jr. between October 2015 and April 2017, county prosecutor Don Morris said. Vance received the money in exchange for not reporting Herbert violated his home confinement.
Hebert had pleaded guilty to felony possession with intent to deliver heroin in September 2015. His sentence of one to 15 years in prison had been suspended for two years of home confinement.
Vance was terminated immediately after detectives told Sheriff Mike Rutherford that Vance was “very honest” when the evidence against him was presented during questioning.
Rutherford and Carpenter have since evaluated the home confinement program’s procedures, Carpenter said.
The first change is that cases of people on home confinement have been redistributed among the six home confinement officers on staff, Carpenter said. Second, those cases will rotate among the officers roughly every three months.
“I want to make it very plain,” Rutherford said. “The department, and me personally, will never overlook any wrongdoing on the part of anybody who works here, and we will never tolerate it.”
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.