Dude Benson, Former Sheriff , Sent to Jail

Dude Benson, Former Sheriff , Sent to Jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former Iron County Sheriff David "Dude" Benson faces jail time for violating his probation by herding sheep when he should have been at home.

A 5th District Court judge on Wednesday ordered Benson to serve 10 days in the Carbon County jail without work release. Benson's jail sentence begins Feb. 12.

Retired Judge Douglas Cornaby also restarted Benson's probation, sentencing him to six months of home confinement -- the same sentence Benson faced in November, when he was ordered to pay more than $18,700 restitution and $2,000 in fines for misuse of public money and obstruction of justice.

Benson said he was just helping a friend corral some sheep in December that had escaped and were loose on a Cedar City road.

"The court found that herding sheep at any time is not an emergency," said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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