AG: Kentwood police chief indicted

AMITE, La. (AP) — A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury has indicted the chief of the Kentwood Police Department in a missing evidence case.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office said 59-year-old Gregory Newton was indicted Friday on one felony count each of malfeasance in office and unauthorized use of a movable. If convicted, each count carries up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Louisiana State Police began an investigation last December after a citizen alleged that approximately $2,000 recovered from a burglary had been misappropriated by the Kentwood Police Department. Newton, who was the sole guardian of the missing evidence, is accused of tampering with the cash.

Caldwell's office is prosecuting the case at the request of District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, who recused his office from the case.

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