Former Bellevue Police Chief Stacey Not Guilty
A jury finds former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey not guilty on a misdemeanor gun charge. A jury returned the verdict after an hour and a half of deliberations Thursday evening.
Prosecutors say he gave a gun to former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry, without the proper paperwork in late 2011. Stacey said he was lending her the gun, not giving it to her, and he did everything by the book. Stacey spoke to KMTV Action 3 News after the verdict was returned.
"I feel great. I'm a little disappointed that it got this far. As you guys saw through most of this trial, this is really something simple and ridiculous in most cases it wouldn't have gotten this far," Stacey explained.
Both Lawry and Stacey took the stand Thursday morning. Stacey served as Bellevue Chief of Police since 2004, and was with BPD for 35 years before retiring in 2012.