UPDATE: Kentucky sheriff accused of stealing painkillers resigns

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky sheriff has resigned after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the theft of painkillers from a terminally ill cancer patient.

WDRB reports (http://bit.ly/2nChX8A ) that Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman resigned Monday after pleading guilty to 11 charges related to the theft of painkillers. His plea comes as an opioid crisis sweeps the U.S. and reaches epidemic levels in the state.

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Kinman’s plea required him to enroll in a one-year rehabilitation program and resign. He was sentenced to five years of probation and could have the convictions dropped if he doesn’t get into further legal trouble.

The charges spanned incidents from December to February. Kentucky State Police initially arrested the former sheriff on charges that he stole from the terminally ill patient’s home while in uniform.

Kinman’s lawyer, Edward Bourne, declined to comment on the case.

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Information from: WDRB-TV, http://www.fox41.com

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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3/22/17  8:02 p.m.

County sheriff arrested for stealing painkillers

CARROLTON, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police say the Carroll County sheriff has been arrested on charges stemming from the theft of prescription painkillers.

State police said Wednesday that Sheriff Jamie Kinman was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of a controlled substance.

Lt. Michael Webb, a state police spokesman, says Kinman turned himself in to authorities in Grant County. Webb says the sheriff allegedly entered a residence and took prescription pain medication.

State police offered few details, saying the investigation is continuing.

Kinman’s chief deputy, Rodney Hawkins, says the sheriff’s arrest came as a shock to the department but says the office remains focused on its job.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.