Sheriff Nick Finch Found Not Guilty, Reinstated

BRISTOL - The jury finds suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch not guilty on both counts.

Finch was accused of releasing a man who was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and then destroying the arrest records.

It took the jury less than 90 minutes to reach the verdict.

Moments after the verdict was read, Finch spoke to Governor Rick Scott by phone. He was reinstated a couple of hours later.

“Sheriff Nick Finch will be reinstated immediately," said Governor ick Scott in a written statement. "I would like to thank the members of the jury in Liberty County for their service in this trial. I would also like to thank Interim Sheriff Buddy Money for his service to the state of Florida."

Newschannel 7's Bergen Baucom covered the trial and will have a complete wrap tonight on Newschannel 7 at 5:00 and 6:00.