EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Ashland Police Officer Sentenced
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 12, 2013 7:54 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 13, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
A former Ashland, Ky., police officer has been sentenced to prison.
Melvin Charles Schoch, Jr., 30, of Ashland was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison for attempting to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and using a firearm during a drug offense, according to a news release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Kentucky.
Previously, Schoch admitted that in May or June of 2009, while working as an Ashland police officer, he along with two others, conducted a home invasion-style robbery. The invasion happened under the guise of executing a search warrant to obtain oxycodone pills and/or money for their own benefit, the release said.
Prior to entering the residence, Schoch provided the others with police tactical equipment to help with the home invasion. Schoch entered the home armed with his duty weapon, a .40-caliber Glock pistol, and placed the two male occupants of the residence in handcuffs, but did not locate any pills inside the residence.
According to the plea agreement, before the home invasion, Schoch and the others observed activity around the residence and believed there were large quantities of oxycodone and cash at the residence.
Schoch's co-defendant, Ellis Pittman, previously pleaded guilty to similar charges and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Kerry Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert Corso, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police commissioner, and Jack Conway. Kentucky Attorney general, jointly made the announcement Monday.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Morehead Police Department.
Under federal law, Schoch must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence, the release said.
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