Kentwood police chief pleads guilty to felony, resigns

Kentwood police chief pleads guilty to felony, resigns

Kentwood police chief pleads guilty to felony, resigns

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

AMITE, La. — Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office Tuesday, according to state Attorney General's Office. 

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Newtown pleaded guilty to one felony count of malfeasance in office in connection with a missing evidence case involving $2,000 in cash.

The case stems from an April 2012 burglary, where $11,000 was taken from a home in Kentwood during a burglary. 

"The money was recovered by Mississippi authorities and was subsequently turned over to Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton," said a statement from Caldwell's office. "When the money was to be returned to the victim, the amount was short by over $2,000."

Louisiana State Police launched an investigation in Dec. 2012 after getting a citizen complaint about the missing cash, said the attorney general's office, and Tuesday, Newton, who was the sole guardian of the missing evidence, pleaded guilty to tampering with the cash.

Newton was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence, five years of active probation and fined $2,500 plus court costs by 21st Judicial District Court Judge Wayne Ray Chutz.  He was required to resign immediately as police chief and paid full restitution to the victim. 

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