Former Deputy Who Shot Himself Granted Shock Probation

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A former sheriff's deputy who shot himself but blamed it on an unknown assailant has been granted shock probation.

That means former McCracken County sheriff's deputy Benny Harding will be released from jail on March 25 after serving six months of a seven-year sentence.

Harding was a McCracken County sheriff's deputy in October 2006 when he reported that he had been shot by a man who had stepped from a car. Investigators said Harding made up the story to obtain a work-related injury that would qualify him for permanent disability benefits.

Harding admitted that he shot himself and falsely reported the incident.

A McCracken judge issued the order granting shock probation on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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