Former Williamsburg Police Officer Sentenced

A former Williamsburg police officer was sentenced in a Whitley County courtroom on Monday afternoon.

Brad Nighbert was sentenced to three years in prison, but will not serve any time because his sentence was probated to five years.

He's accused of being on drugs when he crashed into a van last April.
Nighbert pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment last month. Because of that plea, the other charges against him were dropped.

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  • by Patricia Location: Williamsburg on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:32 PM
    This was not his first offense but he hit the wrong person and although they tried he had to pay the piper..he's back in town and still dangerous in my opinion--I warned my daughters even when he was on the force to not stop for him--drive home and I'll open the dog lots
  • by SGT Howard Location: KY on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    i support our cops but i do think they along with any elected official should be held to a higher standard as they are supposed to be the role model for honest, law biding citizens who should have great morals, but addictions to drugs are not predujice, they can stike anyone at any time.
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Dec 5, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA....That is the judicial system laughing at us....
  • by fed up Location: floyd county on Dec 5, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    Yeah, thats it let him off so he can get back on the street and do this again, maybe next time he can kill some innocent family! justice any more is one sided the cops can get away with anything and it happens everyday! if you want to break the law and not be punished,then take the time to work hard and become a cop!
  • by Praying For Turn Around Location: Tri county on Dec 5, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    First offense that is reported, mind you. This boy has been sheltered from many serious situations- Remember of the many allegations of police brutality cases that have been dismissed because of out of court settlements? In passing I heard a retired police chief in a round of about manner report the boy was a bad apple yet he could not induce any leadership responsibilities and actions in fear of job security. Also his career began in law enforcement at the ripe young age of 18 while his father was mayor, questionable ethics, nepotism? He has canvased this area as though he's a prince and has lived life without law- now he is exposed and still is being handed a soft sentence. I pity the family and friends who feel he is simply a troubled young man with so much potential-they have bailed him out his whole life and continue to let him abuse them with disappointments over and over. I pray he turns things around...but he is just one in a long line of troubled young adults rich or poor, pray
  • by come to me Location: letcherco inmate on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    just dont drop u soap because we luv cops here especally bad cops like you put us behind bars for drugs lookin to meat u meat you bigbubba
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    Reality, you sound like you think being a peace officer shouldn`t be punished.I expect morals to be higher in fellow peace officers than you present,you should take punishment like a man, not a kid, you should turn in your badge.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 4, 2007 at 01:21 PM
    He's a troubled young man. Not to give him a pass but do you know many others that are arrested for drugs that not only get arrested, see possible jail time, and loose their life-long career at the same time? He is being punished big time and this will follow him for the rest of his life. He's a sap and now is paying the piper for deeds done. I pray for him.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Dec 4, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    I believe the problem is the police are not held to the standards that everyone else is held to, Reality. That is why we dont like the cops around here. I always had respect for the cops until I moved here a few years ago and have heard the cops bragging about beating people up and such. It is ludicrous. Then the courts treat these cops like they are above the law and that is on the few times they are prosicuted. Scary.
  • by Reality on Dec 4, 2007 at 04:55 AM
    Zeke, if you ever sit through a day in court, you'll see that the vast majority of people charged with any type of drug crimes get off just this light. I think it's funny that everyone wants to bash him because he's a cop and they want him to fry. Like the first poster said, what he got is consistant with what is usually given out. What he did was wrong and as an officer he, better than anyone, should have known it's wrong, but no where does it say that an officer should get a harsher sentence than anyone else. This is basically just people who don't like cops wanting to get their opinion in and that's fine. The truth is the vast majority of officers do a great job considering the conditions they face. People usually don't like the officer, teacher, parent, etc. who actually holds them to a standard, at least the people who can't meet the standard. By the way, in most cases, the feeling is mutual.
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