Kentwood police chief indicted in missing evidence case

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - [if gte mso 9]>

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The chief of the Kentwood Police Department has been indicted in a missing evidence case, according to the offices of Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell.

A Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury indicted 59-year-old Gregory Newton on one felony count of malfeasance in office and one felony count of unauthorized use of a movable. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

The Atty. General's Office also reports the investigation began last December after the Louisiana State Police received a complaint from a citizen alleging that about $2000 in cash recovered from a burglary had been misused by the Kentwood Police Department.

Newton was the sole guardian of the evidence, and he is accused of tampering with the cash.

The Louisiana Atty. General's Office stated they are prosecuting this case at the request of Scott Perrilloux, the 21St Judicial District Attorney, who recused his office from the case.

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