SHERMAN, TX - A former Grayson County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing hundreds of weapons from evidence and pawning them has paid restitution in full, District Attorney Joe Brown said Monday. Brown says the attorney for Errin Luton, 34, delivered a check for $51,917.07 to his office on Thursday.
Many of the guns were seized by the Texas Rangers from area pawn shops, and some from individuals who had already purchased the weapons from the pawn shops. On Friday, the District Attorney's Office began issuing checks to victims who had lost money because of Luton's theft.
"We are pleased to be able to fully recover the money these businesses and individuals were out because of the theft," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. "The charges against Mr. Luton have not been resolved. We have not been able to reach agreement on the case, but we did insist that Mr. Luton pay back the loss these people incurred because of the theft. To his credit, he has done that, even before his trial. That certainly was the right thing to do."
An investigation by the Texas Rangers determined that the weapons previously had been forfeited to the Sheriff's Office as contraband, or were waiting to be destroyed.
A trial date is pending for Luton.