Two former sheriff’s deputies facing numerous felony charges and serious prison time are headed back home, for now.
After Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Lisa Green announced Logan August and Derrick Penney allegedly stole over 350 pounds of marijuana while wearing a badge, the men’s attorneys fought to get them back home while they wait to stand trial.
Derrick Penney’s portion of the hearing was quick and easy. Prosecutor Garrett Rice simply explained he’d been provided proof that Penney’s family would be providing the funds for bond, and that was that. But when it came to Logan August, it was a bit of a different story.
Today family of both men packed the courtroom to capacity. Many in the audience were tearful, as Logan August’s attorney David Torres pleaded with Judge Jerald Turner to lower the bail. Torres said the former deputy has quite a bit of debt now and can’t afford his $285,000 bail.
Torres spoke of August’s character, saying he mentors others through the church, is a devout Christian, and devoted family man who wants to be there to support his family-especially his young children.
The judge said considering all the facts-he doesn’t feel august is a threat to the public’s safety and doesn’t consider him at flight risk. Torres asked the judge to waive bail completely or set it no high than $50,000.
The judge didn’t do that, but he did lower it from $285,000 to $100,000.
According to the Tulare county jail website, Penney and August are both out of custody. They have their next court appearance on November 28.