Former police chief enters Alford pleas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The former police chief of a southeast Kansas city has entered Alford pleas to four felonies.

Former Independence Police Chief Kenneth Parker entered Alford pleas Tuesday to perjury, official misconduct, misuse of public funds and theft of property valued at more than 25,000. An Alford plea means Parker doesn’t admit to the crime but acknowledges prosecutors likely can prove the charge.

He entered the pleas in Montgomery County court, but the case was handled by a Shawnee County deputy district attorney after the Montgomery County attorney and his staff recused themselves.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Parker, who resigned as chief in 2011, was accused of stealing ammunition, firearms, cash and other property from the city.

Parker was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution.

 

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