Ex-deputy on shock probation jailed on violation

Paducah, KY – A former McCracken County Sheriff's deputy released on shock probation after serving part of his sentence for shooting himself and falsely reporting that he was shot by an assailant has been sent back to jail. Benny Harding, was arrested Wednesday on a probation violation for failing to make restitution payments. He had been free after being granted shock probation last year.

Harding was convicted of fabricating a story that an unknown person shot him while on patrol in October of 2006. Investigators said Harding was hoping the injury would qualify him for permanent disability benefits.

In a hearing in June, McCracken Circuit Judge Jeff Hines said he believed Harding was trying to make payments but that he had difficulty keeping a job since he was released on shock probation.