Former Hawkins deputy sentenced on theft charges

Former Hawkins deputy sentenced on theft charges

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ROGERSVILLE (AP) - A judge has sentenced a former Hawkins County sheriff's deputy to 10 years in prison on 75 theft-related charges.

The counts stem from drugs being taken from the sheriff's evidence locker. Former Deputy Brad Depew pleaded guilty to the offenses in July.

The Johnson City Press reports special Judge Thomas Wright denied motions on Friday asking for diversion or alternative sentencing for Depew, saying that it would not promote respect for the law.

Depew's attorney argued that his client suffered from mental illness, depression and "possible addiction" and that his years of public service should count for something.

Wright said it just means Depew has done more damage to abuse public trust. He said Depew's actions "gives voice to people who want to discredit law enforcement."

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