A former Whitfield County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to four years probation on Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony false statements and misdemeanor theft.
Superior Court Judge William Boyett also sentenced James Robert Keown to 100 hours of community service and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs and a $32 a month probation supervision fee as well as $600 in restitution. Keown paid $450 in restitution on Tuesday.
As part of the plea, a charge of violation of oath of office was dismissed.
Reached at his home Tuesday afternoon, Keown declined to comment. He was charged for taking cash from a man during a traffic stop on March 3 at the intersection of East Walnut Avenue and the south bypass. He resigned from the sheriff’s office on March 12 after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began an inquiry.
District Attorney Bert Poston said one of the conditions of the plea is that Keown surrender his Peace Officer Standards and Training Council certification, which is needed to work in law enforcement, and not seek to have that certification reinstated.