Ex-trooper accused of kicking handcuffed suspect avoids jail time
A former state trooper accused of kicking a handcuffed burglary suspect will avoid jail time after reaching a deal with prosecutors.
Mitch Nelson, 46, of Edmond, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after he was accused of kicking suspect Adam M. Barr in the groin following a nighttime pursuit Feb. 20, 2010, in south Oklahoma City.
Prosecutors alleged Nelson kicked Barr when he was face down on the ground and dazed after crashing a Moore police patrol car. He drove away in the police car after he was arrested following another chase, in which he fled in a stolen pickup after police caught him burglarizing a business.
Barr, 32, a convicted car thief, was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, eluding police, escape and other offenses. He pleaded guilty in September 2011 to nine felony counts and is serving seven years in prison.
Nelson entered an Alford plea Monday and received a six-month deferred sentence, court records show. Under an Alford plea, a defendant accepts a sentence for a crime while still asserting innocence.
Nelson was fired by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol after nine years as a trooper. He agreed to drop the appeal of his termination, and not pursue future employment as a law enforcement officer, prosecutors said.
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