- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A former Prescott Valley police commander has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty in a drug-theft case.

Arthur Askew entered his plea Friday. He was initially charged in March with four felony counts and two misdemeanor counts.

The Prescott Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1Dvl7h2) the charges were reduced under the plea agreement to two counts of drug paraphernalia possession and one count of possession or use of a prescription drug.

Askew resigned in January after learning he was under investigation in the thefts of surrendered prescription drugs awaiting disposal.

Video and still-camera surveillance in the department’s drug vault showed Askew taking pills and placing them in a grocery bag and in his pocket.

His attorney says Askew suffered on-the-job back injuries and had become addicted to painkillers.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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