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Ex-Lakewood cop sentenced to 33 months for stealing from families of his fallen comrades

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
June 29, 2012 3:56 pm

This comes from staff writer Sean Robinson, who tweeted the hearing live this afternoon:

Skeeter Manos, the disgraced ex-cop convicted of stealing from the spouses and children of his fallen colleagues, was sentenced this afternoon to two years, nine months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan handed down the sentence in federal court in Tacoma.

Manos, 35, pleaded guilty this spring to one count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said he took more than $100,000 from an account used to collect donations for the families of four Lakewood police officers shot by Maurice Clemmons in 2009. Manos, who was treasurer of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild at the time, also admitted stealing from his fellow officers’ union dues.

He was fired after being charged.

Federal prosecutor Robert Westinghouse said at Manos sentencing hearing today that the defendant was motivated by greed.

Manos used the charity’s ATM card 300 times for personal use, prosecutor says.

“None of that is explained by a gambling addiction. That’s just greed.”

John Unfred of Lakewood police said, “There are still those of us who believe in death before dishonor. Sadly this is not the case with Skeeter.”

Manos attorney, federal defender Leonard Russell, said his client made mistakes but “even those who he has hurt terribly by his actions see him as a good man.”

Manos told the court, “I’ve dishonored pretty much everybody that I’ve ever liked or loved. I’ve dishonored my profession.”

Judge Bryan then handed down a high-end sentence.

“This was an egregious offense,” the judge said.

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