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Former Utah Officer Doing Well Six Months Into His Probation

Court records showed that a former West Valley City police officer who was charged for stealing morphine pills from a dead cancer patient is doing well six months into his 18-month probation period.

In 2013, Ryan Michael Humphrey was charged in 3rd District Court with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, as well as theft, a class B misdemeanor.

In May, he entered a guilty plea to the drug possession count and the theft count was dismissed.

6 month probation by a private probation provider was ordered by Judge Vernice Trease, after which he had to complete 12 months of court supervised probation.

Humphrey said on Friday that he was compliant with the terms of his probation, including random drug testing and prosecutors did not object to starting the court-supervised probation. The case will be dismissed in November 2015, if he completes probation.

35-year-old Humphrey is accused of stealing 22 morphine pills while responding to the death of a terminally ill cancer patient in West Valley City. The incident happened on 5th of June 2013. A colleague allegedly saw Humphrey putting the morphine pills in his pocket, which belonged to the patient.

The backup officer called a supervisor, who approached and confronted Humphrey.

Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo, whose department was asked to investigate said, “He admitted doing it and was remorseful”.

Humphrey resigned from his job the day after the incident.

News Source: www.Sltrib.com

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