FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) – Suspended Sheriff Kenney Boone is no longer under house arrest, although his court-ordered GPS tracking will remain.
The judge granted Boone’s motion to rescind the house arrest at a hearing on Wednesday.
The prosecutor said since Boone found out who their witnesses are, they don’t feel safe for him to be taken off house arrest.
S.C. Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin told Boone he cannot have any contact with anyone in the sheriff’s office and kept him on the GPS monitor. Benjamin said if there are no complaints against Boone the next time he is in court, the GPS will be taken off.
Boone was placed under house arrest and given a $50,000 bond on April 24 after he was indicted on charges of embezzlement and misconduct. Other conditions of his bond include GPS monitoring, no contact with the sheriff’s department or any property of the sheriff’s department.
The judge during the bond hearing said Boone could return with his attorney to request the removal of the GPS monitor and house arrest.
The indictments against Boone say he used county funds and money from a federal narcotics account on items such as groceries, window tinting, bicycle and baseball equipment, cooking appliances and clothing. The documents also detail placed Boone allegedly shopped, including Walmart, Best Buy, Gamestop and Rapid Weight Loss.
Heather Weiss, the Deputy Attorney General, said tips regarding the indictment came from within the sheriff’s office and “they’re concerned there may be some sort of retaliation for that.”