Former Jail Deputy Gets Probation in Weapon Case

A former detention deputy accused of threatening a martial arts instructor with a gun two years ago got a last-minute reprieve this week and no longer faces a felony conviction or prison.

Before a jury was selected for his trial scheduled for Thursday, Richard Del Buono, 56, entered a no contest plea to a reduced charge of improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon. He was given 12 months’ probation with the possibility of serving just six months with good behavior, court documents show.

Originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Del Buono was accused by John-Michael Quesinberry of showing up unannounced at his house the night of June 26, 2013. Quesinberry said Del Buono was wearing his detention deputy uniform and armed with a .40-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun, a Flagler Beach police report states. Read Full Story Here