- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

RUSTBURG, Va. (AP) - The former chief of the Altavista Police Department has been sentenced to a year behind bars after being convicted of using department money to buy pills and then covering up the scheme.

News outlets report that 51-year-old Kenneth Walsh, of Hurt, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison with all but one year suspended for embezzling public money, forging documents, and obtaining drugs by fraud.

Walsh had been convicted in July on the charges as part of a plea deal in Campbell County Circuit Court.

Walsh, who was named police chief in December 2013, announced his retirement in May 2015 after Virginia State Police opened an investigation. He and another officer were accused of paying drug informants for pills by using money from the agency’s drug investigations fund.

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