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SHERMAN, TX -- A former Grayson County deputy serving time for stealing guns is back home tonight. He was released from prison late this afternoon.

The former deputy had pleaded guilty in exchange for a six year cap on any potential sentence, and he was sentenced to four years. But tonight, after serving just four months of that sentence, he is a free man.

A motion for former deputy Errin Luton, 35, of Gordonville, was granted, and he was given eight years of probation.  "We're extremely happy and we thank God that this is exactly the outcome we were praying for," says mother Ronnie Luton.

"I think it's a bad ruling and a mistake," says first assistant district attorney Kerye Ashmore.

Luton was four months into a four year sentence for theft. He admitted to stealing and pawning 200 old guns from the evidence room while serving as a Sheriff's Office sergeant.

"I thought probation was the best solution for Errin. He made full restitution, he cooperated immediately, he's a first-time offender," says Luton's attorney Scott Smith.

"I think shock probation is set up for a young offender who really doesn't understand maybe or realize all the consequences of their acts, you want to try to send a message to them," says Ashmore.

In his order, Judge Rayburn Nall said that 12 months of the probation is to be intensive, that Luton must also attend a Gamblers Anonymous class, wear a leg monitor, and refrain from gambling.

"To make sure that he follows all of the guidelines of what the terms of the probation are, in order to control the disease," says Ronnie Luton.

In a ten-minute hearing, Luton testified other prisoners told him he'd "better watch his back" while en route to Amarillo's Neal Unit where he entered general population on January 24.

He broke down, saying it was a life-changing experience, and he had taken his freedoms for granted.

"He violated people's trust, he violated his oath," says Ashmore.

"You bring them back within six months and the idea is hopefully again they'll be productive members of society and follow the rules that we give them," says Smith.

Luton suffers Parkinson's disease and his right arm shook as he walked in wearing an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs, and ankle chains in court Friday. In prison, he said he worked on a machine that chops meat.

Luton says he has a new job waiting. If he violates probation, he could go back to prison.