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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A former employee who pleaded guilty to taking drugs from the Beckley Police Department's evidence room has been sentenced to four years probation.

Gabriella Brown learned her fate in federal court in Bluefield Monday.

Brown pleaded guilty in Dec. 2012 to illegally obtaining oxycodone from the evidence room of the Beckley PD while employed as an evidence technician.

During Monday's sentencing, Judge Faber stated Brown had been justly punished by the humiliation suffered surrounding her arrest and conviction.

Brown apologized to the court, saying she was "mortified" by her actions.

If Brown was sentenced to jail, the defense argued, her ties with the law enforcement community would put her safety in jeopardy.

The prosecution argued that Brown's crime had far-reaching ramifications that impacted hundreds of drug-related cases in Raleigh County.

According to previous reports, Raleigh County prosecutor Kristen Keller stated that "scores" of drug cases in Raleigh County could be thrown out due to the risk of evidence tampering.

The Beckley PD first announced that pills had gone missing from the evidence room in August 2012 -- while Brown was still employed by the department.

Brown was formally charged in Oct. 2012.

 

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