June 7, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today said a former Knox County deputy sheriff will serve time in jail for stealing and selling a police radio.
Koster said the former deputy sheriff, Howard Smith, pleaded guilty in March to one count of class C felony stealing, one count of class C felony disposing of stolen property, and the class D felony of resisting arrest by fleeing.
Presiding Circuit Judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Judge Russell Steele, suspended imposition of the sentence contingent on Smith successfully completing probation as well as all other conditions imposed: 30 days in jail, 100 hours of community service, $1,280 in restitution, and payment of court costs. Smith faces up to 18 years in prison if he violates the court's terms.
"We hold our law enforcement officials to the highest standards of conduct. When an officer breaks the law he has committed to uphold, he must be held accountable." Koster said.