Former deputy pleads guilty to stealing thousands of dollars

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, August 25 2016 Aug 25, 2016 Thursday, August 25, 2016 7:32:00 AM CDT August 25, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

GREENVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former eastern Missouri deputy could face up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from a woman.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Eric Smith entered the guilty plea Wednesday.

Smith was working as a deputy sheriff in Madison County when he was arrested. Sheriff Bobby Spain had requested an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol after the victim alleged that Smith stole about $40,000 in cash from her home. Spain says the crime happened while Smith was off-duty.

Smith told authorities he knew the money was in a safe and took it while the woman was outside in her yard.

Sentencing will be Nov. 17.

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