Former Kern County Sheriff's Office deputy who stole drugs sentenced to four years in prison

Posted at 11:51 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 18:02:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — After pleading no contest to stealing drugs and putting them back on the streets, a former Kern County Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

Former KCSO Deputy Logan August was charged with 15 felony counts, including conspiracy and burglary, in connection with stealing drugs from a sheriff’s storage locker. The investigation showed that in 2015 August was connected to a drug ring and would provide the stolen drugs to former Bakersfield Police Deputy Derrick Penney and former BPD detective Damazio Diaz to sell.

Originally in 2017 August was sentenced to three years probation after entering a guilty plea in Fresno. Following that plea deal, Federal Prosecutors of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Kern County District Attorney's Office initiated another investigation. That year-long investigation revealed several new offenses committed by August and Penney.

On Thursday, August apologized for his actions, turning to the courtroom audience to say he is a changed man.

In August, Penny also entered a plea of no contest to two felony counts of falsifying a police report. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years’ probation for his involvement in the case.

August and Penny were investigated alongside two former Bakersfield Police Detectives, Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara. Both detectives were sentenced for their roles in the drug ring, however, both sentences were reduced.