Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 24, 2012 11:29 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Former Danville Police Officer Thomas Looney was sentenced Monday on charges of attempted grand theft and receiving stolen property. Both charges are fourth-degree felonies.

Looney pleaded guilty to the charges in November as part of a plea deal in which a gun specification was dropped.

Visiting Judge James DeWeese of Richland County delayed sentencing until Monday while a pre-sentence investigation was completed.

DeWeese sentenced Looney to three years of community control, a total of 30 months in prison (suspended), a $2,000 fine and payment of $1,653.96 restitution to the victim. He must also obtain and retain full-time employment and is subject to random alcohol and drug testing.

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Springer said a copy of the case would be sent to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Looney was originally charged with taking a .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle from Bryan Staats, a member of the military, apparently with the intent of assessorizing the rifle, but never returned the gun or paid for it. He was a member of the Danville Police Department at the time, resigning in May 2010.

Looney left the state, and was not arrested until last summer, when he was apprehended by the Fredericktown Police Department.

Springer reported in November that Looney had already paid Staats the $1,653.96 for the gun.

Looney was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

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