Former officer of year sentenced

YUMA, Ariz. — The former Yuma Police Department officer convicted of stealing cash from evidence storage to support an addiction to prescription drugs has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

The sentence for Geoffrey Michael Presco was handed down Friday afternoon in Yuma County Superior Court.

Presco was convicted of stealing nearly $11,000 from evidence storage at the police department.

In his rookie year on the force, Presco was selected as the Yuma Police Department’s 2008 Patrol Officer of the Year.

The former lawman offered apologies to his family, the court and prosecution, the department and to the community.

Presco says he had a knee injury and became addicted to the prescription drug Oxycontin.

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