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.

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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.

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Relatives reported the theft. Crouch resigned in January 2017.

The family’s lawsuit against Texas City and Crouch was settled.


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