Parker in protective custody

By Karen Kissiah

May 1, 2014

Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, sentenced last week to two years in prison, is currently in “protective custody,” and will remain so for his entire sentence, according to Stephanie Givens, information officer for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Givens said she had gotten lots of calls from people trying to find out which state facility will house Parker during his incarceration.

“But that knowledge will not be made public for his safety,” she said

Since his conviction, Parker has been “de-certified” as a candidate for the 2014 election for sheriff, said Ernestine Shray of the Chesterfield County Voters Registration Office.

Parker had filed as a Republican candidate, without opposition in that party, which means his name would not have appeared on the June 10 primary ballot anyway. Now, his name will also be absent from the November ballot.

Parker, who served as sheriff for more than 10 years, was found guilty on one count of embezzlement, two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates, and five counts of misconduct in office.

— Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261.