TEXAS CITY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A former Texas City police officer must serve 10 years of probation in a plea deal over more than $2,000 in Christmas present money stolen from a man who suffered a fatal heart attack.
The Galveston County Daily News reports Linnard Ray Crouch pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced Tuesday. An unrelated assault count was dismissed.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Shot To Death Outside Hurricane Harbor In Arlington
Crouch in December 2016 responded to a vehicle stopped on a road. Driver James Mabe’s wife had given him $2,400 to buy Christmas presents. A family attorney says officials aren’t sure if Mabe had already died when the money was stolen.
Crouch, at the hospital, gave the now-widow a bag containing several hundred dollars.READ MORE: Community Groups Want To Help Reduce Violent Crime In Dallas
Relatives reported the theft. Crouch resigned in January 2017.
The family’s lawsuit against Texas City and Crouch was settled.
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