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Ex-Deputy Gets Probation In Painkiller Theft Case

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PAW PAW (WWJ/AP) - A former sheriff’s deputy in southwestern Michigan who authorities say stole a prescription pain reliever from a jail while on duty has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Stephen Morris, 39, was sentenced Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court. He earlier pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of larceny of more than $200 but less than $1,000.

In addition to probation, Morris was ordered to pay court costs and fines. As part of his sentence, Morris is prohibited from being employed as a corrections officer in the future.

The St. Joseph County deputy was initially charged with felony larceny counts after the Jan. 9 Tramadol theft. He resigned after his arrest.

The case was handled by prosecutors from neighboring Cass County following a request by the state attorney general’s office.

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