2 Marion County sheriff’s majors placed on leave after sheriff’s indictment


MARION COUNTY, Fla. –The fallout from the indictment of Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair continued Saturday when two high-ranking sheriff’s office employees were placed on paid administrative leave.

The sheriff’s office said interim Sheriff Emery Gainey placed Major Don Maines and Major Tommy Bibb on paid administrative leave during the office’s transition period.

Officials did not comment as to why either man was placed on leave.

A grand jury handed down an indictment Thursday for Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair. Blair faces two felony perjury charges and a misconduct charge. Each count carries up to five years in prison.

Court records show the grand jury had been investigating the conduct of Blair’s deputies and the possible use of excessive force. Blair had been subpoenaed to testify, and jurors found that Blair lied when he was questioned about injuries sustained by a suspect.

Blair was booked into the county jail Friday afternoon and posted bond 40 minutes later.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: 

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