PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A police officer accused of kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife pleaded no contest to lesser charges Tuesday.
Justin Bush, 28, entered the no contest plea to charges of second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. Records show Bush has been in jail for 43 days. His attorney is asking for credit for time served.
Bush's estranged wife was also in the courtroom and has asked for some charges to be dropped. Records show she has dropped a protective order against him. The judge suspended his sentence and ordered him to serve five years of supervised probation.
A "no contest" plea means the defendant neither admits to nor denies the charges against him.
Bush was initially charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office.
Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne said Bush's estranged wife called his detectives in early January, telling them Bush had kidnapped and assaulted her a few days earlier. Payne said because the incident happened outside of city limits and it involved one of his officers, he asked the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office to step in and investigate.
Sheriff Brett Stassi of the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Sunday, January 3 and when Bush showed up to work at the Plaquemine Police Department on January 6, Payne fired him and deputies arrested him.
Detectives said Bush's wife was at Club Secret, which is near LA 1, when the former officer showed up and grabbed her. He allegedly drove her all around the parish, threatening her with a knife and gun. Detectives found cuts on the victim's arms and chest. Payne added the back window on her van was also smashed.
Payne said Bush was hired by the Plaquemine Police Department in 2008 and had been an officer for about five to six years, off and on.