Former LMPD officer pleads guilty to theft and official misconduct
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Louisville Metro Police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court to charges of official misconduct and theft for falsifying his time sheet and claiming overtime he didn't work.
Chris Thurman, who resigned in 2014, was sentenced to felony diversion for five years, meaning he will stay out of prison and have the charges eventually dismissed if he remains out of trouble and pays restitution.
It is unclear exactly how much Thurman owes the department, though his attorney, Steve Schroering, said it is less than $10,000.
Both sides will hold a hearing in October to determine exactly how much Thurman will have to pay back over the next five years.
“He accepted responsibility for the mistakes he made and is ready to move on with his life,” Schroering said in an interview. “He was an outstanding police officer.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryane Conroy said she "believes we resolved this case in the appropriate manner. He has been punished for his actions."
The indictment against Thurman alleged that between Jan. 1, 2011 and Sept. 19, 2013, Thurman "falsely reported overtime activity" and stole more than $10,000 from the city by "creating or reinforcing a false impression."
Thurman was paid $27,894 in overtime in 2011 and $27,446 in 2012, when his regular salary rate was $49,753, according to city records. In 2013, his salary went up to $52,166, and he was paid $21,472 in overtime.
The investigation of Thurman affected many of his criminal cases because he was unable to testify.
For example, the case of a Jefferson County teacher accused of killing a woman in a drunk driving crash was dismissed because Thurman was unavailable or unwilling to testify.
Prosecutors say Christopher Purcell was drunk and behind the wheel in August 2012 when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on Bardstown Road. That accident resulted in the death of 31-year-old Tracey Blevins.
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