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Sheriff Pleads Guilty, Pleads for Forgiveness

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington says he's shocked and embarrassed at his behavior. See the video that sheds light on his actions the night he was arrested.
He lost the trust of his people.
BENTON, AR - Cursing at other officers and falling out of his own chair caught on surveillance video inside Benton Police Department that shows an intoxicated Sheriff Bruce Pennington arguing with other officers.

"He lost the trust of his people," said Special Prosecutor Cody Hiland.

Hiland filed an increased charge of resisting arrest in addition to public intoxication for the Sheriff's drunken encounter with Benton Police June 29.

He said, "What we can't have is someone taking a swing at an officer without there being some amount of accountability."

To which Sheriff Pennington pleaded guilty Monday (8/26) in Saline County District Court.

"I freely and voluntarily admit to the offensive conduct I engaged in that evening," the Sheriff shakily said during a public statement following his plea.

Ordered to pay more than $2500 in fines and court costs as well as a year of unsupervised probation, Pennington has entered into an in-patient treatment facility to address "personal issues."

"After this review I was totally shocked and embarrassed at my behavior," Pennington admitted.

Despite his guilty plea, Sheriff Pennington continues to hold his position as Sheriff and has asked for forgiveness.

"To forgive me of my error, to forgive me for my poor judgment and to give me an opportunity to regain your trust and respect in the months and years to come."
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