Family of slain man reacts to ex-sheriff’s pleas
Ponca City Now - July 16, 2016 2:15 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Family members of an unarmed man killed by a reserve deputy in Oklahoma say they "take no pleasure" from a former sheriff's no-contest plea for failing to release a memo that raised questions about the deputy's qualifications.
Stanley Glanz, who was sheriff in Tulsa County, entered his plea Friday to a charge of refusal to perform official duty. He also pleaded guilty to willful violation of the law for an unrelated incident over a vehicle stipend.
His pleas to the misdemeanors each resulted in one-year jail sentences that the judge suspended.
The judge ordered Glanz to pay $7,500 in restitution regarding the stipend.
Reserve deputy Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris during an April 2015 sting operation. Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.
Harris' family says Glanz's conviction is "one more milestone on our road to justice and closure."