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Newly elected West Virginia sheriff steals meth from evidence room, admits to being addict

January 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Newly elected West Virginia sheriff steals meth from evidence room, admits to being addict

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A freshly elected West Virginia sheriff, who confessed to authorities that he was a meth addict, was charged Tuesday with stealing methamphetamine from a police evidence storage facility.

A criminal complaint filed by state police in Roane County Magistrate Court alleges that Bo Williams has been charged with grand larceny, The New York Post reported.

On Tuesday, Williams made an initial court appearance before a magistrate in Calhoun County after two judges in Roane County recused. He signed a rights statement notifying him that he has been charged with a felony punishable by up to 10 years behind bars if found guilty. He was released on a property bond of $50,000.

Williams was elected in November as Roane County sheriff and his term began on Sunday. As he served as a police officer in Spencer, Williams was put on leave, and he left last month after evidence disappeared. The complaint states that over $1,000 in evidence was involved, which mainly included meth.

Sheriff Williams admitted to stealing meth from the evidence area

Prosecutor Josh Downey said Williams told him, Spencer Police Chief Greg Nichols, and a sergeant with the state police that he had been addicted to meth for over a year.

Downey said the man confessed to stealing methamphetamine from a case file and taking it.

“I know Bo Williams,” Downey stated. “It’s a sad situation.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 11th.

The county commission has initiated removal proceedings against Williams. Downey stated that if a circuit judge determines the allegations are sufficient, a three-judge panel would be selected to hear the removal process and provide a recommendation to the West Virginia State Supreme Court.

A recent court order solicited by Downey prevents Williams from entering the sheriff’s department’s law enforcement and tax offices. Downey added that case evidence is kept at that office.

The county commission selected former Roane County Sheriff Todd Cole to serve as chief deputy in charge of law enforcement. Cole served two terms as sheriff from 2000-2008. In 2014 he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the previous sheriff who left for health issues. Cole’s term expired last Saturday.

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