President Trump granted a pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz ., on Friday.
Arpaio, 85, was lately found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing a judge’s ordering to stop commerce patrols who were reportedly targeted immigrants.
He had been charged with misdemeanor contempt of tribunal for allegedly willfully eluding a judge’s ordering in 2011 and prolonging his patrols for another 17 months.
Arpaio acknowledged expand the patrols, but held it wasn’t intentional, accusing one of his former attorneys for not properly clarifying the importance of the court order and brushing off the belief as a “petty crime.”
He was expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faced up to six months in jail if convicted.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our Person, he is worthy nominee for a Presidential pardon, ” the White House said in a statement.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old-fashioned American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ” the president tweeted on Friday night. “He stopped Arizona safe! “