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Skeeter Manos Sentenced To 33 Months in Prison For Embezzling Fallen Officers Fund

"We know there isn’t a sentence long enough to undo the damage Skeeter has done to the public trust and the image of the Lakewood Police Department," the department said today.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of time Manos had been sentenced to. He has been sentenced to 33 months in prison. Changes are reflected in the headline)

A federal court judge today sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling donated money from the account established for the city's four fallen officers.

. Authorities said he embezzled more than $100,000 from the account established for the families of the  Lakewood police officerswho were killed in a coffee shop three years ago at the hands of Maurice Clemmons. The four officers killed were Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards.

Following today's sentencing, the Lakewood Police Department released this statement:

We respect the system in which we work and accept the sentence imposed by the judge. We know there isn’t a sentence long enough to undo the damage Skeeter has done to the public trust and the image of the Lakewood Police Department. That repair can only be accomplished through hard work and perseverance and with the continued support of the public. As we once again attempt to move forward, we will continue to honor the memories of Mark, Tina, Ronnie, and Greg by serving the citizens of Lakewood with honor, dedication, and the utmost integrity.

The men and women of the Lakewood Police Department would like to thank all who have supported us.

Patch will have more on this story as information becomes available.

Christie Anderson June 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Which was it?....33 years or 33 months as stated in the first paragraph?....Would that it were 99 years!
Brent Champaco June 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Sorry about that Chris. It was 33 months. Changes have been made... Thanks for the keen eye
Christie Anderson June 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Still think he deserves 99 years!
mark July 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM
You can be harsh and easy to cast the first stone at judgement..he deserves what he was given, save prison space, not filled with white collar crimes. Theres a good side to this man that im sure he will learn a good lesson from and get the good help he will recieve..this is cause i know skeeter, he is a very good man, wonderful father to his kids, and was a respected cop. Everybody in our neighborhood was shocked by what happened and couldnt believe he did such a thing. He is a very compassionate person and i always see him playing with his children. There is nobody beating themselves up more than skeeter and that i know theres always two sides to a story.
Christie Anderson July 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
"You can be harsh and easy to cast the first stone at judgement." ....the same can be said of you.....my comment of 99 years is so obviously excessive, that anyone should be able to recognize that it was facetious, and to illustrate that I feel a 33 month sentence is too low for stealing money from a fund intended for the survivors of those murdered so cruely. But, as you have claimed to know him, I think you may not be able to catch the nuances of sarcasm in this case.

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