UPDATE: The initial article stated that Basso was sentenced to probation. In actuality, he will serve 30 days in jail, be on probation for three years and pay a $700 fine.
Former Carbon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Howard Basso was sentenced Monday in Seventh District Court.
All four sentences were suspended. It was decided that Basso will be on formal probation for the charges against him.
Basso was terminated from the sheriff’s department in February of last year after he was suspected of stealing drugs from the evidence locker at the sheriff’s office. He had worked in the department for 13 years.
In March he was charged with burglary, a third degree felony, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a second degree felony, and a single count of evidence tampering, a class A misdemeanor. The possession of controlled substance charges were in a drug-free zone. However, the burglary charge was dropped to a trespassing charge.
The former deputy pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanors, and trespassing, a class B misdemeanor.
Basso was on administrative leave at the time of the evidence theft.