Trial date set for former Saline County sheriff

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington will go trial November 20, facing charges of abuse of public trust and stealing money.

Pennington is accused of accepting free granite countertops in exchange for helping a man avoid community service. He is also accused of using money from inmate calling-card kiosks to pay court fees for another case.

Pennington resigned in 2013 after pleading guilty to public intoxication and resisting arrest. Pennington then became a candidate for sheriff again this year, getting his name on the ballot before ultimately dropping out of the race, citing health issues. Pennington's name still appeared on the ballot in the Republican primary in May, and he even received 439 votes.

Former Chief Deputy of Finance Jo Nell Mallory was also given a trial date of October 16. She's accused of taking money from the kiosks and wiping out a criminal fine in exchange for having a person install new tile flooring.