A former Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita to one year and a day in federal prison for lying to federal agents about a machine gun that was missing from the sheriff’s office’s inventory.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Stephan McAllister’s office, Robert W. Doty, 60, of Guymon, Okla., pleaded guilty to one count of lying to a federal investigator. Doty admitted that in March 2018, while working for the sheriff's office, he was interviewed by an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agent was investigating a report by the sheriff’s office that an Uzi machine gun was missing from its inventory.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Doty told the agent that he had cleaned the gun, taken it to the range to shoot it and then returned it to the sheriff’s office. The investigation revealed that Doty did not return the machine gun and instead took it to a third party’s house and left it there.
According to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, Doty’s certification as a law enforcement officer has been revoked.