MIAMI, OK – A former Miami police officer accused of lying to a state grand jury in connection with a beating caught on video pleaded no contest Monday and received a three-year deferred sentence.
Teresa Lashmet, 37, appeared in Ottawa County District Court in Miami before Special Judge Bill Culver for what would have been her preliminary hearing, but the former officer waived her right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded no contest to two counts of outraging public decency and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses.
Lashmet was indicted by the state attorney general on charges of perjury and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses in the May 14, 2013, arrest of Jerry Dean Payne Jr., of Miami. She was accused of providing false information to a grand jury and on an arrest affidavit involving Payne, who was arrested on a drunken driving and other driving related complaints. The charges were dropped in October.
Kathryn Savage, assistant attorney general, said a plea had been in the works for some time.
“This was the best resolution (for everyone involved),” Savage said.
Culver fined Lashmet $300 and ordered her to pay court cots and $300 to a victim’s compensation account. She will not serve any time in prison.
During a break in the hearing, Lashmet broke down in tears and her attorney requested her husband join her at the defense table.
In the dashboard-camera video footage, Lashmet is seen approaching Payne’s truck in the Stables Casino parking lot with her handgun drawn. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper can be seen pulling Payne out of his truck and putting him on the ground, and a male Miami police officer can be seen running toward him and appearing to kick him in the face before falling onto him.
Payne’s injuries included broken teeth, a bloody lip, bumps, bruises and scrapes all over his face, but the affidavit signed by Lashmet stated Payne was pulled to the ground and suffered a scratch to the left cheek and a bump above his left eye.
Lashmet wrote in her affidavit that she offered Payne medical treatment but he refused.
Payne has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Miami, Lashmet and the two other law enforcement officers involved in the traffic stop.
Lashmet was put on administrative leave after the incident and later was fired.