Lakewood cop who stole from fallen officers sentenced 33 monthson June 29, 2012 @ 2:56 pm (Updated: 10:00 pm - 6/29/12 )
Skeeter Manos, 34, was also ordered to serve three years supervised release and pay $159,000 in restitution
He embezzled $112,000 from the Fallen Officers Fund, which was set up to benefit the families of four Lakewood police officers shot to death in a coffee shop in 2009. In addition, he stole more than $47,000 from the Lakewood Police Independent Guild.
During sentencing, Manos apologized to those he had hurt.
"I've dishonored pretty much everybody that I've ever liked or loved. I've dishonored my profession," he said, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, whose office turned the case over to the Department of Justice to avoid a potential conflict of interest, called Manos' actions "as low as it gets."
"A high-end sentence was clearly called for, and obviously the judge agreed," Lindquist said.
In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Bryan told Manos his crimes were "egregious."
"Skeeter Manos' betrayal runs wide and deep. He betrayed the families of the fallen officers, his colleagues in the Lakewood Police Department, and the community which contributed to recognize the four who made the ultimate sacrifice," said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan, who called his greed "despicable."
According to prosecutors, Manos used the funds to purchase airlines tickets and to gamble.
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