- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A St. Joseph man has been sentenced to probation for stealing prescription pills and cash from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department.

Online court records show 28-year-old Brett O’Dell was sentenced last week to two seven-year sentences for theft/stealing and possession of a controlled substance. The St. Joseph News-Press (https://bit.ly/1zl3BM0 ) reports he was given a suspended execution of sentence and placed on five years of probation.

O’Dell pleaded guilty to the charges in November.

The probable cause statement says O’Dell told a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant he had stolen numerous pills from evidence bags secured in the department’s evidence vault. He also admitted to removing more than $5,000 in cash from evidence.

Besides probation, O’Dell also must surrender his peace officer licensing, pay restitution and attend an addiction treatment program.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, https://www.newspressnow.com


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