It has been a difficult year for suspended Florence County, South Carolina sheriff Kenney Boone. The embattled law man – who was indicted back in April on corruption charges – has reportedly been dealing with recurring health issues stemming from his alcohol addiction.
These health issues kept Boone out of the saddle for several months in 2017 and 2018. When he did return to the Florence County sheriff’s office, things got dramatic.
Very, very dramatic …
According to our sources, Boone is continuing to struggle with alcohol-related liver issues. In fact, he has reportedly been hospitalized on at least one occasion related to these issues since his suspension from office back in April.
Sources in Florence tell us Boone has received treatment at McLeod Regional Medical Center – including overnight stays at the facility under an assumed name.
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(Via: McLeod Health)
“(The) curtain is pulled back and (the) only people allowed in the room are his doctor and nurse,” one source told us. “No other staff are allowed and they all were threatened with their jobs if it got out.”
Wow … Boone still has that kind of pull?
Boone’s current health status is unknown. Also, is not clear whether the suspended sheriff is using (or abusing) alcohol again – or whether the issues for which he has reportedly received treatment stem from prior alcohol use.
Here is our take on the situation: We do not wish the evils of alcohol addiction or ill health on anyone. While our news outlet has typically taken a dim view of Boone (with good reason), we are not rooting for him to suffer nor would we derive any satisfaction from his struggling.
Quite the opposite …
We wish Boone a full, speedy recovery – and every success in his ongoing battle with substance abuse. And while we certainly hope he is held accountable in the event he is found guilty of the crimes with which he has been charged, we have repeatedly reminded readers he is innocent until proven guilty.
Our hope for Boone is real redemption … not redemption for show.
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