Sheriff: Former deputies should've gotten prison, not probation for drug dealing

Sheriff Donny Youngblood on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, reacts to the sentences of probation given to two former deputies, Logan August and Derrick Penney, who stole and sold seized drugs. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Sheriff Donny Youngblood opened up Thursday about two of his former deputies who were sentenced to probation this week for selling drugs they stole from a sheriff's evidence facility.

Youngblood said he's shocked and disgusted that the federal judge didn't give Logan August and Derrick Penney prison time.

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The sheriff said once August and Penney broke the law, they lost the respect of the badge and should be treated like any other criminal.

"The judge treated them as deputy sheriffs, and as police officers. And I’m sorry, when they cross that line, they’re not police officers anymore, they’re not deputy sheriffs anymore," the sheriff said. "They’re crooks, and they should be treated that way."

David Kessler, president of the Kern Law Enforcement Association, echoed Youngblood's statements and said the punishment was not harsh enough.

"We're devastated that they got off so easily," he said.

Kessler said they are always working to create a relationship with the community, and actions like this betray trust.

"For those guys who are going out there every day and doing the right thing, that makes it very difficult," he said.

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