May 7, 2013 10:46 AM
GEORGETOWN (AP) - A judge has rejected a plea deal for a former sheriff's deputy in central Kentucky who is accused of stealing drugs from an evidence locker.
The proposed deal would have allowed former deputy William J. "Jeremy" Day avoid jail time.
The Georgetown News-Graphic reported that Scott County Circuit Judge Rob Johnson said during a hearing on Monday that pre-trial diversion was too lenient of a punishment.
"He was a sworn police officer.... I'm concerned (probation) undermines the trust of the people. It sends the message (that) just because they're police officers, they get off," Johnson said.
The judge's decision stopped Day from entering a guilty plea in the case.
Day was indicted last year on charges of theft of a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking.
Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney asked the judge to meet with them to discuss why probation was justified, but Johnson declined.
"I'm not suggesting you haven't thought this out," the judge told them. "I'm just saying I don't agree with what you've come up with."
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