- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - A former Lake County sheriff’s sergeant accused of improperly removing an assault rifle from the evidence room has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

Prosecutors say Jeffrey Hartman, who was an evidence custodian, was sentenced Thursday for official misconduct and embezzlement. He also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

Hartman was found with an assault rifle that sheriff’s deputy William Berry had given to him. The weapon was supposed to have been destroyed.

Berry was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for stealing four guns from the department’s evidence room and trying to sell one.

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