“Aug 26, 2016 — The former second-in-command in the Franklin County sheriff’s department has admitted that he ordered his deputies to follow and harass county legislators. On the morning he was scheduled to stand trial, Patrick White reached a plea agreement that will allow him to avoid jail time. The deal brings an end to a long-simmering case, but there could be political repercussions in an ongoing state Assembly campaign.The case stems from allegations made by former deputy Luke Cromp nearly two years ago. Cromp claimed Patrick White ordered him to follow three county legislators and to try to arrest them for drunk driving because they had “taken actions that were not favorable” to the agenda of county Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill.
One legislator was arrested in August 2013, but the driving while ability impaired charge against him was later reduced to a moving violation.”