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Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Deputy Indicted on Federal Weapons Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2014

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Tony Allen Riley, age 60, of Goose Creek, SC, was charged in two-count Indictment with two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(d).  The maximum penalty Riley could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of ten years on each count. 

Riley was arrested and arraigned on the charges today.  At the time of his arrest, and during the dates listed in the Indictment, Riley was employed by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, after having previously retired as a Captain with the Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Nettles stated that the case was investigated by agents of the FBI and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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