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Sheriff's deputy arrested on weapons charges

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - On Monday, Tony Riley, a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office, was arrested by the ATF. He is being charged with two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person. The maximum penalty he could recieve is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonement for up to ten years for each count.

The case was being investigated by the FBI. It has now been turned over to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Riley, a Sergent, was demoted from Lieutenant back in 2012 after he released James Sanders, a man who was being held on charges of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. At the time, Lt. Riley was said to have not read the entire report and released Sanders, causing a state wide search for Sanders.

He worked at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, and as of April 14th, the Berkeley County Government Website had Tony Riley listed as a Leiutenant for the Detention Center.

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Sheriff Wayne DeWitt has released a statement on the arrest:

"I was surprised and disappointed to learn today of the arrest of Tony Riley by Federal officials. Mr. Tony Riley has already been terminated from his employment with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. We are disappointed in Mr. Riley's conduct and want to assure the public it does not reflect on the integrity of other members of the sheriff's office."

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