Thursday, May 26, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 5/22/2014 - Updated: 2 years ago

Former Ottawa County sheriff sentenced to 1 year probation for conviction of theft

Robert Bratton. Robert Bratton.

Former Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton was placed on probation for a year today in U.S. District Court for his conviction on one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Bratton, 61, of Genoa pleaded guilty to the felony charge in January before Judge Jack Zouhary, who also imposed a $1,000 fine.

Bratton, who stepped down as sheriff in 2011 to become Genoa’s police chief, admitted to improperly spending more than $5,000 from the sheriff’s office’s Furtherance of Justice Fund in 2010 while he was still sheriff. Though he could have faced prison time, a prison sentence was not recommended because of his lack of a criminal record and his willingness to take responsibility for the crime.

No restitution was ordered because Bratton already has repaid the misspent money.

He resigned from the Genoa Police Department Jan. 13 because of the criminal case.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories