Liberty Co. Sheriff Found Not Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRISTOL, Fla. (AP) -- A Panhandle jury has found a suspended Panhandle sheriff not guilty of trying to cover up his decision to intervene in a gun case.

The jury reached its verdict early Thursday afternoon, shortly after prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up closing arguments in the case of Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch.

Finch was charged with official misconduct, a felony, as well as falsifying public records.

Prosecutors insisted that Finch tried to destroy and alter records in the arrest of Floyd Eugene Parrish. Parrish was arrested in March following a traffic stop where he was discovered carrying a pistol in his pocket without a concealed weapons permit.

Finch said he let Parrish go because he believed that 2nd Amendment gun rights trumped state gun laws.

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