In December 2017, Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple was arrested and charged with perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon and official misconduct.

On Monday, Whipple pled guilty to a federal firearm charge and agreed to resign, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Upon his arrest in 2017 by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, it was reported that the KBI began their investigation regarding the misconduct at the request of Ness County Attorney Kevin Salzman.

The accusations against Whipple were alleged to have occurred over a four year time period.

Whipple was later arrested again in January 2018 for "A violation of his bond," KBI communications director Melissa Underwood said at the time.

"The sheriff had allegedly contacted a person associated with his criminal case so he was arrested and transported to the Ford County Sheriff's Office."

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release that Whipple’s plea was for one count of knowingly selling a gun to a person who was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.

In the press release it also stated that in his plea, "Whipple admitted he arranged to sell a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition to a man he knew was a convicted felon.

"The plea agreement calls for Whipple to resign his position as sheriff and to surrender his law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training.

Both parties will recommend Whipple be sentenced to probation. Sentencing is set for Jan. 17, 2019.

"McAllister commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case."

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