Whitesburg KY

Damron probe may continue another 30 days

The investigation into criminal allegations involving former Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lieutenant Brian Damron is continuing, and the results are likely to be presented to a grand jury within 30 days.

That’s according to Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley, who has been appointed special prosecutor in the case by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Bartley was appointed after Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II recused on the grounds that Damron was often in charge of high profile criminal investigations that required Damron to work closely with Banks during the prosecution that grew from those investigations.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright qualified a new grand jury last week. Members of the jury are expected to hear testimony regarding allegations that Damron had been stealing from the sheriff ’s department evidence room.

“It was a good idea to have a new grand jury that hasn’t heard any cases from this deputy,” said Bartley.

Wright said he won’t impanel a special grand jury to review Damron’s case unless one is requested.

Bartley has met with Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and deputies who have gathered evidence against Damron during an internal sheriff ’s department investigation.

Bartley said he won’t present any evidence to the grand jury until after the investigation is completed, which Bartley expects will be within 30 days.

Damron was the department’s chief deputy until January 15, when Sheriff Danny Webb fired him for violating sheriff ’s department policies and procedures. Webb said an internal investigation found that Damron’s mishandling of evidence included the illegal sales of two rifles and four handguns belonging to the sheriff ’s department to private citizens.

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