A judge in Deschutes County has sentenced a former Redmond police officer to 90 days in jail. Former Lieutenant Larry Prince pleaded guilty earlier this month to stealing guns from the department armory.
Prince was arrested this past February after an internal investigation found numerous weapons, ammunition and equipment had gone missing from the armory he was once in charge of. It turned out that Prince had sold stolen police property to his fellow officers, passing it off as his own.
In the end, Prince reached a deal with prosecutors. In addition to the jail time, he will also have to pay more than 27 thousand dollars in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.
Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty says he believes his office got the best deal it could.
Given the fact that he has no criminal history, the fact that none of the victims wanted to see him go to prison, its extremely unlikely that a court would have sentenced him to prison," said Flaherty.
Flaherty had recommended Prince receive just 60 days in jail. But Judge Wells Ashby tacked on an extra 30 days at sentencing.
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