Case Against Ex-Bellevue Police Chief Moves Ahead

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors are moving forward with the case against Bellevue's former police chief even though they dropped the charge against the woman he gave the gun to.

John Stacey's trial is scheduled for Feb. 20. Prosecutors say Stacey loaned a handgun to Gretna's former City Administrator Colleen Lawry, who did not have the proper handgun certificate.

The gun charge against Lawry was dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors after she pleaded no contest to theft charges. She was sentenced to six months in jail in December.

Stacey's lawyer James Martin Davis says Lawry was capable of owning a gun, but she neglected to apply for the $5 county permit.

Stacey was placed on leave last May for an unrelated case and retired later that month.

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