SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police officer Tim Moses pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal agents investigating the Otto Zehm case Tuesday, ending his career on the force.
The conditions of his plea agreement included he resign from the Spokane Police Department and agree not to seek any future position in law enforcement.
He was sentenced to 364 days jail, though the judge suspended the entire sentence, plus a $5,000 fine, of which half was suspended. He was also given 12 months of supervised probation plus $380 in court costs.
Moses, the son of a former FBI agent, was accused of either lying to or misleading an FBI agent investigating the Otto Zehm case.Tim Moses plea
Moses had nothing to do with Zehm's treatment or injuries, but in the course of offering testimony to the grand jury three years after the incident, Moses told what he thought was the truth about Officer Karl Thompson's actions.
Then, 10 months later, Moses recanted his statement when he realized how damaging his small role in the investigation would impact Thompson's defense.
Moses is pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor which means he could have been sentenced to no more than 90 days in jail and receive a maximum $1,000 fine.
His attorney planned to tell the court that Moses has already been punished enough by losing his job with the police department.