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Chesterfield Co. Deputies testify in Sam Parker trial

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

Two deputies with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office testified against former Sheriff Sam Parker, Wednesday, saying Parker gave special privileges to two inmates.

"It's a five year felony to let them use a cell phone and they had access to a phone 24/7," said Lt. Troy Tinney with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.

That is just one of many special perks former coworkers claimed Parker gave to two inmates while under his watch.

State prosecutors allege Parker let the two inmates live outside of the jail, drive county cars and they even had access to the Sheriff's Armory in exchange for work on his property.

Lt. Troy Tinney testified even he didn't have access to the Armory and if Tinney or any other deputies bothered the two inmates, they'd face retaliation.

"He said those were his inmates and we were not to bother them," said Tinney.

"Did he say what would happen if you did," asked State Prosecutors.

"He would either fire us or indicted us," responded Lt. Tinney.

"We could be in trouble if we had anything to do with them," said Lt. John McCarn with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office

"Mr. Parker told you, you would be in trouble if you did anything with them," asked State Prosecutors.

"Yes ma'am," responded Lt. McCarn.

The deputies also testified Parker brought several people into the department as reserved officers and were given guns, but they were never trained at an academy as required.

When deputies brought this to Parkers' attention along with papers from state leaders outlining proper classifications of deputies, Parker said the reserves were in compliance.

"He just said it (the state papers) was wrong and I didn't question it," said Lt. Tinney.

"And why didn't you question it," asked State Prosecutors.

"He's my supervisor. He's my boss," responded Lt. Tinney.

Another witness testified that the former sheriff let him borrow an M-15 assault rifle for about two years on two occasions without signing for it.

The defense team argued the gun had grooving issues and Parker wanted it tested by a gun expert to see if it was defective.

The Trial will pick back up Thursday with testimony from the two inmates used by Parker.

Parker is charged with 5 counts of misconduct in office, 2 counts of giving contraband to inmates and one count of embezzlement.

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