- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Jacksonville police officer has been sentenced to a year of probation for allegedly abusing a teenager during an off-duty road-rage altercation in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1QzaL5T ) that 43-year-old Juan Francisco Matus-Rios was fired from the Jacksonville department after the September 2014 encounter with a pickup full of teenagers he stopped at gunpoint. He had been on the force about 14 months.

Matus-Rios was scheduled to stand trial next week on felony charges that could have sent him to prison for 18 years. But he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery on Friday for allegedly roughing up the pickup’s driver.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped felony charges of terroristic threatening and aggravated assault over accusations that he threatened the teenage driver with his gun.

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


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