× Ex-San Diego sheriff’s captain pleads guilty to gun sales

Former San Diego sheriff’s captain Scott McFarlane has pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun while on duty.

McFarlane was sentenced to three years’ probation on Sept. 15 and must have no contact with his former captain, John Kadlecik, according to court documents obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune. McFarlane also was ordered to do 100 hours of community service.

The two are both former captains at the sheriff’s San Diego station. Kadlecik was McFarlane’s supervisor.

During a hearing in April, Kadlecik testified he had a copy of the search warrant, as well as a letter he received from McFarlane.

McFarlane used the now-former captain’s unit during a “fishing expedition,” Kadlecik testified. Kadlecik is among those who have accused Kadlecik of gross misconduct.

In two letters Kadlecik wrote to friends and other supporters, McFarlane said he hoped the “upside/down side debate” would wrap up before McFarlane is sentenced.

The judge scheduled McFarlane’s sentencing for Dec. 7. McFarlane was fired in February after an internal investigation concluded Kadlecik failed to report the weapons McFarlane was carrying. McFarlane’s defense attorney said McFarlane no longer works for the sheriff’s department.