- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas coroner who drew attention for his use of a U.S. Defense Department program for law enforcement has now pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft or conversion of government property.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1lELPPD ) that Sharp County Coroner Doug Wortham pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock. Wortham was charged with taking a government-owned generator for his personal use.

An October 2014 report by The Associated Press found Wortham used the Defense Department program to acquire a Humvee, and assault rifle and a handgun for his office. Wortham said at the time that the Humvee helped him travel the rugged Ozark foothills and that the military weapons were to protect himself.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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