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Posted: 9/17/2009 5:19:21 PM EST
CLINTON –– A former Clinton police officer who pleaded guilty to stealing weapons from an evidence vault was sentenced to 30 months probation Thursday for what was termed by the judge as a betrayal of public trust.

Jerry Bristow told Judge Garry Bryan during a sentencing hearing on theft and official misconduct charges that financial stress and mental health conditions contributed significantly to his decision to take guns from the police department storage and sell them at a Bloomington pawn shop.

In addition to probation, Bristow was sentenced to 200 hours of community service; ordered to pay $1,521 restitution; and complete mental health treatment. A term of 180 days in jail was stayed pending a Dec. 4 review hearing.

The sentence will provide Bristow with the means to make-up for "the betrayal of his service and the betrayal of his obligation to the community as a role model," said Bryan.

The 55-year-old former school resource officer logged more than 27 years with the police agency before he resigned on Jan. 1, several weeks before the weapons were reported missing by fellow officers.

"I felt I could no longer wear the uniform and do the job," Bristow said of his resignation. He said he felt mentally and physically ill at the time. He was charged in late January with taking two pistols and a shotgun.

The judge rejected a recommendation from Assistant State's Attorney Darrell Price for 90 days in jail to be served periodically to allow Bristow to maintain his job with a landscaping company.

"He's not just a common thief. He stole not only guns but the trust, confidence and good reputation of the people of this community and that cries out for correction," said Price.

Defense lawyer Kevin Hammer argued that pending administrative charges against a current Clinton police officer accused of viewing pornography while at work and theft charges against a former circuit clerk's employee have created "a mob mentality that cries out for retribution."

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/article_0ac79f7e-a3b9-11de-947a-001cc4c002e0.html

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:36:52 PM EST
30 months.

Probation?

I wouldn't want my guns to be stolen. They should make gun theft more illegaler.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:37:56 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:40:14 PM EST
That sentence was a bit light. However, I blame the Judge, he is the one that is at fault.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:41:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By fxntime:
That sentence was a bit light. However, I blame the Judge, he is the one that is at fault.



Just the shame alone is enough for a Police Officer...
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:41:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:
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Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:42:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:43:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:
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Really?

"several weeks before the weapons were reported missing by fellow officers. "

Duh.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:44:38 PM EST
Isolated Incident.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:45:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
That sentence was a bit light. However, I blame the Judge, he is the one that is at fault.


Actually that is a little more than the chick that stole my brothers guns got, she did a plea bargain and got 24 months probation, plus had to pay restitution to the pawn shops.



Release all the pot smokers to make room for the theives in the jails, thieves with badges should get "extra special treatment".
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:46:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By Mackinaw:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
That sentence was a bit light. However, I blame the Judge, he is the one that is at fault.



Just the shame alone is enough for a Police Officer...


Uhhh, no it's not. He is a thief, he stole weapons [probably stole more stuff but they couldn't prove it] he might have screwed up some cases, he sold them on [at least it was to a pawn shop and not some gang banger], who knows what he did on the street using his badge.

Nope, he should have done some time behind bars. Yeah he'd be in solitary but he should have thought of that when he stole them.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:47:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By ToyCop:

Really?

"several weeks before the weapons were reported missing by fellow officers."

Duh.

I am sure it was the first time in 27 years it had ever happened.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:48:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By ToyCop:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
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Really?

"several weeks before the weapons were reported missing by fellow officers."

Duh.


Wow they did inventory and something was missing, the bartender I work with does that, because if he doesn't fingers start getting pointed at him.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:53:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Originally Posted By ToyCop:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
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Really?

"several weeks before the weapons were reported missing by fellow officers."

Duh.


Wow they did inventory and something was missing, the bartender I work with does that, because if he doesn't fingers start getting pointed at him.


So judges are now behind the thin blue line too? Looks like the sentence would have been 180 days and may become so depending on case review.
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