On Wednesday morning, Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a suspended jail term and was charge of misusing public funds.
Richard Keith Hartman Pleaded Guilty
The 61 years old former police chief of Buena Vista, Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty to a charge of misusing public funds and was given a sentence with a suspended jail term on Wednesday morning. Bobby Lilly, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Giles County, who worked as a special prosecutor in Hartman’s case claimed that the police chief had been making unauthorized purchases with the city credit card. They were items he personally benefited from.
Attorney Joshua Elrod stated that he is hoping that by taking this to court they can start to reestablish some public trust in the law enforcement organizations. It’s crucial for the residents of the city of Buena Vista to understand that everything was done openly and legally and that they can have complete faith in the dedicated officers of the police force who stand up for them and keep them safe every day. Buena Vista Police Department looks forward to fostering its ties with the residents of the city and its partners in the community despite of the ruin image when Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty.
Charges Against the Former Police Chief of Buena Vista as Richard Keith Hartman Pleaded Guilty
Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty to a charge of misusing public funds and was given a sentence with a suspended jail term on Wednesday morning. He was detained in December indicted and ultimately released on bond. The former Buena Vista police chief, Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty and was detained on a Friday in December and is accused of felony Misuse of Public Assets. In Buena Vista Circuit Court on Wednesday, Richard Keith Hartman pleaded guilty to the charge of fund misuse and was given a two year prison term. His entire sentence was suspended and he was given a two year probationary period under supervision. Hartman will also be subject to a 10 years period of good conduct, according to Lilly. Lilly added that Hartman must provide the city of Buena Vista $718.83 in reparation. He paid around $2,800 between his arrest and his punishment.