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      Former Chestefield County sheriff now a South Carolina inmate

      Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker is now incarcerated at a state prison.

      A jury convicted him Thursday of Misconduct In Office, Embezzlement and Furnishing Contraband To Inmates.

      During his time as sheriff, Parker gave away guns to his friends, allowed inmates to shoot guns and drive patrol

      cars and embezzled money from the county.

      A judge sentenced him to two years in a state prison and three years probation.

      We asked officials with the SC Department of Corrections if Parker will be in an institution with inmates who he may have arrested.

      The Department sent the following response:

      "We are taking every precaution to make sure he is properly processed and safe while in our custody," said Stephanie Givens, SCDC Communications Director.

      We also asked where Parker will be placed during his incarceration.

      Givens referred us to the SCDC website on the intake of inmates.

      It says inmates are first assessed at the reception and evaluation center.

      Parker's evaluation will determine if he'll be placed at minimum, medium, or maximum security level prison.

      We're told Parker could be eligible for early release for good behavior.