President Donald Trump has pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing after being convicted of contempt for targeting illegal immigrants.
A statement issued by the White House Friday night said, “Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.”
The statement lauded Arpaio’s public service, including his military enlistment after the outbreak of the Korean War, and concluded: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt, which carries a maximum six-month prison sentence. He was due to be sentenced in October.