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Former Jefferson Co. KY Constable receives sentence in shoplifter shooting www.privateofficer.com
LOUISVILLE, KY. Dec 2 2012 – A former Jefferson County Constable who shot a suspected shoplifter at Walmart received his sentence Friday morning.
David Whitlock’s attorney presented Whitlock’s resignation letter as constable to the judge. That was part of his plea deal last month where he pleaded guilty to charges of assault and wanton endangerment. He will not serve any time in jail if he completes one year diversion program.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Walmart on Raggard Road on November 2 of 2011. That’s when Whitlock told police he tried to stop an alleged shoplifter as she was driving away, but she ran over his foot. Whitlock said he drew his weapon and fired one shot that struck the woman in the arm.
Whitlock said on Friday, “Glad it’s over, it’s been a rough year.”
Prosecutor Tom Van De Rostyne pointed out, “If he violates the terms or conditions of the diversion in any manner, a motion could be filed at that time. The court could remove him, he could either be probated or sent to penitentiary to serve a five-year sentence.”
Brian Butler, Whitlock’s attorney says, “He wants to move on with his life at this point, find a job to support his family. He’s just glad to have this behind him.”
Next month, a hearing will be held to determine how much restitution Whitlock should pay to the victim.