- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LISBON, Ohio (AP) - A drug task force’s former director found guilty of charges including theft in office has been sentenced in northeast Ohio to 1½ years in prison.

Forty-two-year-old Daniel Downard was sentenced Monday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. A statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the ex-director of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force committed the crimes while overseeing the task force in 2011 and 2012.

DeWine says the Lisbon man pleaded guilty in November to charges that also included unauthorized use of property and attempted tampering with evidence.

Defense attorney Chris Amato (ah-MAH’-toh) says Downard accepted responsibility. The judge said he would consider release to a community-based correctional facility after Downard serves 30 days.

Authorities say Downard manipulated task force funds and records for his personal benefit.


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