DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – Bond has been revoked for former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone and he will be held in jail until his next court appearance.
Boone appeared in a Darlington County courtroom Wednesday morning.
Boone will return to the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center, where he will be held until his next court appearance. That’s expected to be in 15 days.
Heather Weiss, a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s office, said Boone violated a no-contact order in his bond by going to a gym in Florence where his wife went. Heather Weiss, who’s a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s office, said Boone violated a no-contact order in his bond by going to a gym in Florence where his wife went.
“He started feeling uncomfortable and then he left, but he had gone there,” said Weiss. “He chose to go there, knowing that’s where she went. I would submit possibly that’s when she went, because they used to go together.”
Boone’s lawyer Rose Mary Parham says he was trying to exercise, as part of his required alcohol treatment program, and never actually talked to his wife.
“When he pulled up there — and she never saw him — and saw her, he left and he self-disclosed it to the probation office,” Parham said.
Greg Ammons, who’s the lawyer for Boone’s wife, read a statement from her, saying the conditions of Boone’s bond were too strict.
“It was never my intention for Kenney to be arrested and I was never afraid of Kenney harming me or the children,” said Ammons, reading her statement. “At this point, it seems as though my children and I are on bond and probation.”
The prosecution disagreed, saying Boone was well aware of what he could and couldn’t do.
“It does not appear that Mr. Boone really cares to follow anybody’s rules except the ones he chooses to follow,” said Weiss.
Boone did not say anything before fourth circuit court Judge Paul Burch decided to revoke his bond.
“You defied what your probation officer specifically told you,” said Judge Burch. “I don’t have any choice.”
Boone used a baseball bat to hit a cat and other items, according to an incident report obtained by News13 earlier this month. Read more about what that report and arrest warrants said here.
Boone also faces one charge of violation of probation in Darlington County, according to booking records. On Feb. 7, Boone was released from the detention center after bond was set at $25,000.
Boone faces one charge of ill-treatment of animals in general, torture and one charge of domestic violence in the second degree in Florence County, according to Florence County Detention Center booking records. Bond on these charges was set at $10,000.
Boone was officially removed as Florence County Sheriff last month. That happened after he pleaded guilty to misconduct in office and embezzlement.