Ex-deputy Sheriff Cleared on Claim of Personal Gain

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A former Texas Panhandle deputy has been cleared of charges that he illegally used county inmates and
property for work on his land.
Ken Farren was chief deputy in the Potter County Sheriff's
Office in Amarillo.
A jury in Amarillo yesterday acquitted Farren f two misdemeanor
counts of abuse of official capacity.
Farren was accused of forcing inmates to remove debris and a
tree trunk from a creek on his property. He also was accused of
making a county employee and inmate work on a ranch gate.
Defense attorneys say the creek is the property of the state.
But prosecutor Harry White said Farren knew he was breaking the
law.
Farren resigned in June with the intention of running for sheriff.
He was indicted four months later.
Farren is among five Republicans heading into the March 4th
primary.
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Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com

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