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Published: Monday, 1/27/2014

Ex-sheriff's deputy found guilty of giving gun to felon


A former Lucas County Sheriff’s deputy who gave a gun to a felon pleaded no contest today to two counts of falsification.

Paul Little, 40, of 2932 Lambert Dr., was then found guilty of the first-degree misdemeanors by Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings. He is to be sentenced March 12.

Mr. Little, who was fired by Sheriff John Tharp after the incidents occurred, filed two reports with the sheriff’s office May 6 in which he said his 9mm gun was missing from his car when he actually had given the gun to another man.

The man, who was working as an informant for police, later returned the gun to him, and, on May 8, Mr. Little again filed two falsified reports in which he stated that he had found his weapon in a duffel bag at home.

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