Update: Stacey Found Not Guilty

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Former Bellevue police chief John Stacey was found not guilty Thursday afternoon on the misdemeanor gun charge of transfer without a certificate.

He was accused of unlawfully loaning a handgun to former Gretna city administrator Colleen Lawry, who did not have the proper handgun certificate. Stacey's lawyer, James Martin Davis, said Lawry was capable of owning a gun, but she neglected to apply for the $5 county permit.

Lawry was sentenced to six months in jail in December on theft charges and prosecutors dropped the gun charge against her. Stacey was placed on leave last May for an unrelated case and retired later that month.

John Stacey told Channel Six News, "I'm a little disappointed in the system as far as letting something get this far. I really don't think it should have got this far. It was pretty obvious in court today when the facts were finally presented." Stacey said his defense team lead by James Martin Davis did a great job bringing out the facts in court.

However Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov told Mike McKnight, " People should not see the verdict as a precedent to loan guns without a permit. That's still against the law."

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