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January 19, 2013

Ex-Quinton officer admits taking guns

— McALESTER — A former Quinton police officer pleaded guilty recently to embezzling guns.

Eric Stinnett, 34, of Webbers Falls was charged in September in Pittsburg County District Court with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of embezzlement.

After pleading guilty to the amended charge, Stinnett was fined $500 and judgment and sentencing were deferred for five years. The second count was dismissed.

Court records show that Stinnett broke into the office of the administrator’s evidence lockup and took two guns. Stinnett was interviewed regarding three missing guns, according to a police affidavit by Quinton Police Chief Tim Reavis, and Stinnett said he took two of them — a Rugar 10/22 rifle and a Savage .410 shotgun.

Court records show Stinnett pawned the Rugar on July 8. “The pawned gun and one of the other guns have been recovered,” the affidavit states.

Quinton Town Clerk Charlene Cass said that Stinnett was a Quinton police officer from May 30, 2012, to Sept. 13, 2012, Cass said.

The court ordered Stinnett to surrender his CLEET certification.

Rachel Petersen writes for the McAlester News-Capital.

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