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Ex-cop faces bench trial in guns case

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)
BYLINE: By Kevin Barlow;k

Clinton, IL

CLINTON -- A former police officer has waived his right to a jury trial and will have a bench trial this summer.   Jerry Bristow, 55, waived his right to a jury trial Wednesday morning before DeWitt County Judge Chris Freese.

Bristow is accused of stealing a target pistol and shotgun from the evidence room at the Clinton police station on May 12, 2008; a pistol on July 3, 2008; and a revolver on Aug. 1, 2008.

Bristow faces eight felony charges - including six for alleged official misconduct - and one misdemeanor count. Because the revolver was valued at less than $300, it carries the misdemeanor charge. Each felony count carries a prison term of two to five years.

Bristow supervised the evidence room at the department and left the force Jan. 1. Later, an investigation by the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department led to the discovery of the missing weapons.

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