Sheriff's Captain Took Inmate Golfing

Jeff Donahue just wanted help with his swing, OK?
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2012 10:52 AM CDT
Sheriff's Captain Took Inmate Golfing
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Frank Carrillo is a total sports guy. He was a pro golfer. Then he started stealing cash and Rolexes from golf courses. Then he swiped a World Series championship ring at a golf event. So it makes complete sense that while in prison for these crimes he was whisked to a course to help a sheriff's captain with his stroke, right? Because that's precisely what happened, reports the Los Angeles Times. According to the allegation made by one of Capt. Jeff Donahue's subordinates (which has led to an investigation), Carrillo helped Donahue work on his handicap on one occasion last summer—though he says Donahue never recorded the outing in the jail log.

Carrillo says the lesson was his idea. "I knew it was a crazy thing to say. But the first thing he said was, 'Maybe I need a few pointers.'" They hit some balls, and apparently it was a success: Carrillo, who has since completed his two-year sentence, says Donahue reported a much improved swing after a Palm Springs golf trip. Sheriff's officials, unsurprisingly, can't buddy up with inmates, and outings, which require special clearance, occur very rarely. The deputy who filed the claim says the sheriff himself actually OKed the outing, but a rep for the sheriff says "he would never condone taking a trusty out and having them go play golf." (Read more California stories.)

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