Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to violation of oath of office, a felony, and misdemeanor trespass.
Richmond County Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Smith, 34, to six years probation under the First Offender Act. Smith must also pay a $5,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service and pay $900 in restitution.
Smith was fired June 4 after an investigation found that he confiscated marijuana, money and a handgun but did not document them in a report or recover the property correctly. He said he destroyed the narcotics, discarded the weapon and turned over the cash to a relative of the defendant.
According to an indictment, Smith was accused of disposing of evidence collected during the Nov. 2 arrest of Charlie Davis to obstruct Davis’ prosecution. Davis was arrested in the 3000 block of Dent Street. Officer Shane Van Dyke, who was investigating a report of a domestic disturbance, charged him with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to court records.