A Lauderdale County judge sentenced former Meridian police officer Terrell Thompson to one year of house arrest, which will be followed by five years of supervised probation.
"I thought the judge's sentence was fair," Stanley Alexander with the Attorney General's Office said. "He did the right thing. The defendant was sentenced to a felony and that will protect the citizens from him ever wearing a badge again."
Before the sentencing, the prosecution told the judge that Thompson should be held to a tougher standard because he was a law enforcement officer.
"Well, because we put trust in law enforcement officers to do the right thing, to protect us," Alexander explains. "And because he's given that responsibility, he should be held to a higher standard."
The defense, on the other hand, said Thompson has suffered enough since being charged in November 2010. He was found guilty in January 2013 of forging a subpoena to get his wife's phone records. It only took a jury 25 minutes to find him guilty, something Alexander says is rare.
Once a sentencing takes place, the defendant either leaves the courthouse through the elevator or through the main staircase. However, that wasn't the case for Terrell Thompson. Newscenter 11 was informed that someone helped sneak him out of the building through a different staircase, typically used by judges only. Thompson is said to have changed clothes before sneaking out.
Newscenter 11 attempted to speak with Thompson's attorney about the sentencing. He said he did not wish to comment.
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