Roger Eric Jennings, a former Clay County deputy, has been sentenced to 180 days deferred adjudication in county court Jan. 2, after pleading no contest to abuse of official capacity, more than $20, less than $500.
If Jennings, 44, does not violate terms and conditions of his probation, the conviction will not appear on his record. Jennings was not fined; he will pay only court costs and a monthly probation fee of $40.
Jennings was indicted in May on one charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony. In December, the charge was lowered to a class B misdemeanor.
On March 17, 2012, Jennings took a county-owned commercial grade lawn mower and other lawn equipment from county storage and mowed at least two lawns, including his own. Jennings was not employed by Clay County at the time.
Jennings joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in 2009, and advanced to the rank of captain. In August 2011, Jennings and another deputy resigned after confessing to acts of vandalism in Henrietta. The two deputies and several others not associated with the CCSO wrapped the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce Caboose, trees on the courthouse lawn and the home of another county official with toilet paper.
After Jennings resigned, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office carried his peace officers certification until the May indictment, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.