- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Two former law enforcement officers indicted in an illegal firearms sale have been sentenced to probation.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (https://bit.ly/1SBTTdW ) reports former Washington County Sheriff’s deputy William C. Blair was granted probation before judgment Wednesday upon entering an Alford plea in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiring to sell a regulated firearm before the end of a seven-day waiting period.

In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Blair was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs and perform 25 hours of community service.

Erik John Herb, who was indicted with Blair, was also granted probation before judgment with the same conditions as Blair. Herb was a Martinsburg, West Virginia, police officer.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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