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LMPD officer convicted of misconduct -- fine: $1

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) --An LMPD officer has been found guilty of one count of harassment with physical contact and one count of official misconduct -- and fined one dollar.

The jury handed the officer caught on camera smacking a handcuffed suspect the least penalty possible.  Jurors reached the guilty verdict in just 45 minutes.  The jury sentenced him to a one dollar fine plus court costs, for a total of $137.

Graham had faced up to 180 days in jail.

Video of the officer showed him smacking and shoving 19-year-old John Sanders during a March 2012 arrest.  Sanders and Dejuan Alexander are suspects in a violent old Louisville robbery.

Graham's testimony was the biggest shift in the case.  He filled in what wasn't caught on camera.

The officer says he encountered the suspects right after the robbery with some of the victim's belongings, but didn't make an arrest because the initial description didn't exactly match.

Police say Sanders and Alexander were caught later trying to ditch the stolen merchandise.  Graham brought the robbery victim to the scene and he identified Sanders and Alexander as the robbers.

Graham says he lost control when Sanders continued to lie to his face:  "Stating that he didn't do anything, that I had nothing on him, and that he didn't steal anything, that he had done nothing. So at that point I became more incensed, more emotional, more angry, and I did push on Mr. Sanders."

Prosecutor Matt Golden explained, "N either Steve Schroering nor I argued punishment whatsoever. We didn't ask for it. All we asked the jury to do was decide guilt or innocence and leave the judgment of the penalty to their discretion."

LMPD is not commenting on the conviction.  The internal investigation on Graham with the department's Professional Standards Unit remains active.

Chief Steve Conrad will consider the verdict and ultimately make the decision as to whether Graham returns to the street.

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