President Donald Trump told Fox News that he is giving serious to pardoning ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently convicted of contempt of Court by a U.S. Judge.

Speaking to Fox News, Mr. Trump said:

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday, during a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Trump said the pardon could happen in the next few days, should he decide to do so.”

The sheriff was recently found guilty of intentionally ignoring a court order to cease arresting immigrants based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally according to NBC News. The former Sheriff faces 6-months in jail for the misdemeanor conviction but attorneys who have followed the case doubt that he will serve any time at all.

The former Sheriff had been overwhelmingly popular with Maricopa community.

He and his deputies were accused multiple times of abusing Latino-Americans and those he suspected were illegal immigrants based merely on their skin color.

The Sheriff came out strongly from Donald Trump in election 2016, whose platforms and beliefs about Latino-Americans and immigrants largely matched his own.