Deputy Benjamin Lee

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy Benjamin Lee was convicted June 29, 2017


Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy Benjamin Lee was convicted June 29, 2017

A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy is facing the end of his law-enforcement career when he is sentenced next week for drunkenly flashing a gun at a Jack in the Box drive-thru in early 2016.

Benjamin Jae Lee, 34, was convicted by a jury June 29 of one count of brandishing a firearm and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, all misdemeanors, according to court records.

“Lee undermined the public trust in law enforcement,” said Deputy District Attorney George Tran. “We want to see that justice is served in this case, and that he is held accountable to the criminal charges and is sentenced appropriately.”

Tran said Lee faces a minimum of 90 days in jail when he appears for sentencing Aug. 18 before Judge Vanessa Zecher. Lee has been out on bail since his January 2016 arrest, and has been on paid administrative leave from the Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said it is “waiting for the completion of the criminal case before completing the personnel matter.”

There should NEVER be second chances when any form of deadly force are involved this is a bad officer plus the fact he has alcohol issues.

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