State suspends indicted Sheriff Kenney Boone’s police certification

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The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy has suspended police certification for indicted Sheriff Kenney Boone.

Eleven members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council voted unanimously on Monday to suspend Boone’s police certification.

The state Attorney General’s Office did not know how that would affect Boone’s ability to run for sheriff because state code of law doesn’t accommodate this type of situation. An official at the AG’s Office said it’s the first time they’ve encountered a situation such as this.

A grand jury indicted Boone in April on charges of embezzlement and misconduct. The indictment alleges Boone used both county and federal funds allocated to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use.

According to the SC State Ethics Commission website, Boone will run for re-election in 2020.

The next election for Florence County Sheriff is in November 2020. There are currently six candidates: Glen Kirby, Darrin Yarborough, Frizell Moore, Thomas B. “TJ” Joye, Jr., Jody Lynch, and Boone. 

This case against Boone is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division and will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. 

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