A former Geary County sheriff was sentenced to 12 months of probation related to charges stemming from a 2018 investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Tony Wolf was arrested by KBI agents on Oct. 18, 2018, for a felony theft charge for allegedly giving a county-owned firearm as a gift to a third party, and for misuse of public funds. During an April 26 hearing in Geary County District Court, Wolf withdrew his previously entered not guilty pleas, and entered pleas of no contest to the charges. The court then found him guilty. Wolf appeared in court again Friday for sentencing.
Defense attorney Barry Clark noted that Wolf is embarrassed by the actions that transpired while he was a public official.
“He’s deeply remorseful for disappointing his constituents,” Clark said.
Prosecuting attorney Daryl Hawkins requested 12 months of supervised probation for the misdemeanor misuse of public funds charge, which the court granted. Wolf was then asked if he wanted to make any comments, and he did.
“I’m sorry,” Wolf said. “This is tough. It’s real tough. But I apologize.”
Hawkins also requested 12 months of supervised probation for the felony theft charge. The court granted the request, and the probation sentence will run concurrently with the misdemeanor charge. Since the theft charge is a felony, the court ordered that Wolf shall not own, use or possess a firearm for five years. Wolf again was asked if he wanted to comment.
“Again, I’m sorry it had to work out this way,” Wolf said.
During the April 26 hearing, Hawkins discussed some details of incidents that led to the investigation on Wolf. On July 16, 2018, Wolf unlawfully authorized the purchase of four tires, sensors and the cost of mounting the tires at Junction City’s J&R Automotive for $530, which was charged to a Geary County credit card, Hawkins said. The purchase was made for a friend, although Wolf claimed the expense was for a confidential drug informant in exchange for drug information. Hawkins referenced a text message Wolf sent his friend after the purchase, which said “This is what friends do for each other.” Wolf later told Jeffrey Stokes — a special agent with the KBI involved in Wolf’s investigation — that he had made the purchase for a friend, Hawkins said.
During court proceedings, it was also alleged that Wolf gave a department-issued weapon to his ex-wife (who was his wife at the time) as a Christmas present.
Wolf will have to pay restitution totaling $2,200 in court costs and fees. The court ordered a 50 percent review date for Wolf on Jan. 3, 2020, to determine if he has violated his probation in any way. Wolf will not need to appear, however.
Wolf resigned from his position as sheriff after his April 26 hearing. Daniel E. Jackson Jr. currently serves in the position.