Judge dismisses theft case of former Johnson City jail administrator

Sam Garland

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Former Johnson City Jail administrator Sam Garland was acquitted of the charge of theft of property over $60,000 this morning in a Washington County, Tenn., courtroom.

Judge Lisa Rice granted the defense motion to dismiss the charge, because while the judge found the state witnesses credible, the testimony all together was not enough to send the charge to the jury, according to Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle.

Sam Garland’s trial began yesterday. He was accused of getting paid by both the Johnson City Police Department and the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club to supervise inmates while they worked at the club.

Investigators discovered the case against Sam Garland while investigating his son, David Garland.

David Garland, was charged with theft of property over $10,000. He was accused of lying about his work hours as a part-time employee of Johnson City Parks and Rec while working as an ETSU public safety officer.

His trial is set start Sept. 6.

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