Ex-officer sentenced for lying in girl death probe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - An ex-police officer has received a jail sentence for lying to investigators probing her brother's ties to the bludgeoning death of a 13-year-old western Michigan girl 10 years ago.

Candace Wallis-Baumgartner pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of lying to police in exchange for the dropping of a perjury charge. A Newaygo County judge sentenced her to serve 30 weekends in jail.

Wallis-Baumgartner was a White Cloud police officer when Amanda Lankey disappeared from a friend's house in the city of 1,400, about 35 miles northeast of Muskegon. Amanda's body was found in the Manistee National Forest.

Investigators were focusing on Cecil Wallis as a person of interest in the killing but never filed charges. He committed suicide in jail in 2011.


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