Former Vermont Police Officer Sentenced for Stealing Guns, Drugs, Money From Evidence Locker

A former Vermont police officer convicted of stealing guns, drugs and money from his department's evidence locker has been sentenced to serve prison time.

Tyler Kinney, who served as a Colchester police officer, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years probation on Monday. He pleaded guilty to heroin distribution, firearms trafficking and theft back in May 2015.

Affiliate WPTZ reports his lawyer, Robert Katims, told the court that Kinney suffered from an opioid addiction that led to him stealing from the Colchester Police Department's evidence locker.

Kinney may become eligible for compassionate early release if his ex-wife, who is being treated for cancer, dies or is no longer able to care for their children, according to the judge.

He must report to prison on June 28 to begin his sentence.

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