2015-04-15 / Front Page

Results of Damron probe now in hands of special prosecutor

The results of an investigation into illegal activities allegedly committed by a former Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputy have been presented to a special prosecutor for “his review and recommendation,” Sheriff Danny Webb said.

According to Sheriff Webb, at least 30 potential witnesses were interviewed during an in-house investigation into allegations against Sheriff ’s Lieutenant Brian Damron, who was fired earlier this year after six firearms and other evidence were found missing from the property room located inside the sheriff ’s office.

Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley will now review the results of the probe. If Bartley is satisfied with the report he will then present the findings to a Letcher County Grand Jury, probably later this spring, said Webb.

Webb said results of the investigation, conducted by deputies Barry Engle and Markus K. Terry, have already been reviewed by the special investigations branch of the Kentucky State Police and found to be in order. Webb declined further comment on the matter, citing a request by Bartley.

Webb ordered the investigation of Damron, 38, last fall after a large sum of money was found missing from the evidence room. After the missing money was returned, it was then discovered that two AR-15 rifles manufactured by the Doublestar Corp. or Winchester, Ky., and four Glock 26 “Baby Glock” handguns were missing — apparently having been sold to members of the public by Damron.

As happened with the missing cash, all six firearms have been returned.

In his announcement of Damron’s firing on January 15, Webb cited the former top deputy’s failure to “follow department protocol for the handling and packaging of evidence.”

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