The Florida Sheriff May Aave Lied About The Killings He Committed In His Teens

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As a result of the high school massacre, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a major Florida sheriff, but the sheriff did not disclose on his job application that when he was 14, he fatally shot another teenager and had used LSD. The ethics commission found Wednesday that the sheriff lied..

In this January 11, 2019 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduces acting Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony during a ceremony at the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A state ethics commission found on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, that Tony, appointed by Governor DeSantis after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in February 2018, lied by not disclosing that he killed another teenager when he was 14 years old and had used LSD.

Gregory Tony has now been given the option of facing a public hearing or reaching a settlement with the accusations. Tony could be removed, fined or censured by DeSantis based on the recommendation of the ethics commission. There is no scheduled hearing.

In its opinion, the commission overturned Melody Hadley's conclusion that Tony hadn't violated any laws. The decision by the nine-member commission was unprecedented, according to Tony's attorney, Stephen Webster.

According to Webster, despite being disappointed in the Commission's decision, his client is looking forward to being found innocent as soon as possible.

As soon as DeSantis became governor of Florida's second most populous county in January 2019, Tony became the county's sheriff. A Florida Senate committee upheld his firing of Tony's predecessor, Scott Israel, for mishandling the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre in February 2018.