Deputy pleads guilty in painkiller theft at jail

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A sheriff's deputy in southwestern Michigan who authorities say stole a prescription pain reliever from a jail while on duty has pleaded guilty in the case.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports 39-year-old Stephen Morris on Wednesday pleaded to two counts of larceny of more than $200 but less than $1,000. Sentencing is April 8 on the misdemeanor charges in Van Buren County Circuit Court.

The St. Joseph County deputy was charged with felony larceny counts after the Jan. 9 Tramadol theft.

The case was handled by prosecutors from neighboring Cass County following a request by the state attorney general's office. Assistant Prosecutor Kirk Metzger says they'll ask that Morris no longer be able to work in law enforcement or as a corrections officer.

Morris is on administrative leave without pay.

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