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Hillview Police chief convicted of lying to FBI

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James Caple is led out of the federal courthouse. James Caple is led out of the federal courthouse.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It took the jury one hour and 15 minutes to find Hillview Police Chief Glenn Caple guilty of lying to the FBI.

He's now considered a convicted felon.

Caple walked out of federal court Friday, surrounded by friends and family, who were emotional in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

This all stems from an incident back in 2012, when a backpack with a meth lab inside was found in the Mayor's backyard. Another officer came forward, saying Caple and two fellow officers moved that bag out of his yard to the nearby property of the Hillview Lounge.

The FBI said that Caple lied, and said he didn't tell officers to move the bag, but later said the opposite.

This trial has been going on for the last 4 days.

Caple's attorney, Steve Romines, spoke to us about the verdict.

"I was shocked," Romines said. "After you sit in the courtroom for four days and watch the proof that they had, I can't believe the jury could return a guilty verdict, but they did, and we'll just keep fighting."

"This is just a first step in a long battle. We'll keep fighting. We'll file a motion for a new trial and will be appealing. There's a lot still to go," he added.

He says he plans to file a motion for a new trial and will be appealing.

Authorities at the federal courthouse have taken Caple's gun, because he is now a convicted felon. There is no word yet on what his status will be with Hillview Police.

His sentencing date was set for May, and he could face up to five years behind bars.

Late Friday afternoon, the Hillview Police Department issued a statement:

"The Hillview Police Department is aware of the Guilty Verdict that was handed down this afternoon in the Federal Trial for Chief Glenn Caple.

We want to ensure the public that our agency will continue to operate as normal, and services provided by our agency will NOT be impeded by this situation. Our agency will remain transparent throughout this process and continue to move in a forward direction.

We will release a formal statement in the near future."

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