A former deputy appears in court to plea to some serious charges. Randy Burgess was facing child abuse charges but after negotiating a plea deal, he'll be sentenced on a different charge. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley tells us why.
He was once in a position to uphold the law--- now he's breaking it. Ex-Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy, Randy Burgess was in court facing some serious charges. He was charged with child abuse but after negotiating a plea deal, he will be sentenced on a lesser charge. Burgess pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse for abusing his 9-year-old daughter.
According to the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney the plea deal protects the child from being subjected to testifying in court.
According to Burgess his 9-year-old daughter was misbehaving and this is his explanation for bruises found on the child.
"He told state police that "the child fought him like a man." According to him she got the bruises because she was trying to run away from him and that his police training that when a suspect runs you chase him," Kristen Keller, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney said.
In an abrupt outburst, Burgess's wife stormed out of the courtroom. She was upset over the court's decision as to which attorney would be representing her daughter in this incident.
"Ms. Burgess' exited the courtroom and apparently went to the guardian's office and confronted staff members there," Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick said.
Burgess worked as a nightshift supervisor at the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department and as a part of the plea agreement he will turn in his badge forever.
"Domestic battery is one of our biggest concerns with law enforcement and prosecution so we cannot have people convicted of this crime serving in law enforcement ever again," Kristen Keller, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney said.
Burgess will be sentenced in January and could be sentenced to jail time.
A former Raleigh County Deputy was back in a courtroom dressed in prison orange on Thursday. He was facing child abuse charges, but after negotiating a plea deal, he will be sentenced on a different charge.
Randy Burgess went before Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. Burgess pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Domestic Abuse. That is a lesser offense than the child abuse charges he was facing. As a part of the plea agreement, Burgess agreed to give up his law enforcement license.
Burgess was suspended from the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department in January after the charges were leveled. He resigned from the force on July 9.
Burgess was out on bond for the abuse charges when he was indicted in a unrelated case. That involved the theft of gas cards from police cruisers. Burgess bond on the abuse charge was revoked on Nov. 6. He headed back to court on the unrelated charges in January.