A former Youngstown police officer will spend half a year behind bars after he was convicted of giving away hundreds of invalid CCW permits.

Phil Chance Jr., 41, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in the Mahoning County Jail and then another six months on house arrest.

He must also pay a fine of $7,500.

Chance pleaded guilty earlier to six counts of tampering with records as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped six counts of falsification to obtain a concealed handgun license.

21 News first broke the story about the son of a former Mahoning County Sheriff early in 2019 after current Sheriff Jerry Greene said that his department discovered that Chance was no longer a certified Firearms Instructor and is not qualified to train anyone for CCW permits.

Several sources told 21 News that at least 270 carrying concealed weapons permits could have been revoked in Mahoning County alone.

Chance resigned from the Youngstown Police Department in 2012 and agreed to forfeit his Ohio Police Officer Training Academy certification.

The investigation into the CCW permits alleged that Chance signed-off on instructing the CCW classes but also charged a $100 fee.

As for the 200-some people who received a CCW permit from Chance, they are invalid and must go and retake the class.

21 News Anchor Madison Tromler will have the latest on this story on 21 News at 6.