Sunday, December 20, 2009

Former police chief sentenced to year in federal prison for breaking restraining order

By Mashaun D. Simon  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A man whose job it was to ‘serve and protect’ has been sentenced to serve a year in federal prison. Dennis Lamar Thomas, 50, of Jefferson served as a former Assistant Police Chief with the Jefferson Police Department. He was arrested over a year ago when he violated a state restraining order filed against him by his estranged wife. He went to see her at his son’s home. When police arrived they found a crack pipe, a loaded .38 caliber gun and a hand grenade in his possession.

In addition to his one year sentence, Thomas, who pleaded guilty in August, will also serve three years of supervised release, and was fined $3,000.

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