LEBANON - The former police officer who pocketed money he raised for the family of a deputy killed on duty was sentenced to 90 days in jail Friday.
Ryan Hunt will serve the time on 45 consecutive weekends, starting March 22. He'll report to jail on Friday nights and leave on Monday mornings.
9 On Your Side reporter Bryce Anslinger said the judge wanted to send Hunt to prison, but a plea deal and state law prohibited that.
Hunt, who served with the Morrow and Harveysburg police departments, admitted to taking $4,500 from a golf outing he hosted for Warren County Deputy Sgt. Brian Dulle's wife and three children in July 2011.
"I attempted to do something, I screwed it up, and it was not intentional. I'm facing my penalties for it," Hunt said after sentencing.
Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims called it "a pretty heinous crime" and said Hunt "deserved to go behind bars for a while."
Hunt pleaded guilty to theft and tampering with records last January.
In March 2012, authorities in Warren County became aware that no money from the golf outing had been transferred to Dulle's widow, according to Carol O'Brien, a special prosecutor from Delaware County.
O'Brien said the Warren County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation, and Hunt provided false documents.
Later, Hunt gave money to the Dulle family, but O'Brien said he stole that money from a client of his printing business.
Dulle was laying out stop sticks to catch the driver of a stolen car when the car hit and killed him in May, 2011. The driver, Marcus Israel, was sentenced to 25 years to life.
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