Former KSP Narcotics Detective Pleads Guilty

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky State Police narcotics detective has pleaded guilty to theft of controlled substances and other charges in a plea deal that will have him spend five months in jail.

Louie Podunavac Jr. was a 19-year state police veteran until his abrupt retirement in 2006.

The Independent of Ashland reports that he pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boyd County Circuit Court to three counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of theft of controlled substances.

Boyd Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice says that under the agreement, Podunavac accepted a two-year prison sentence, with all but five months being probated.

In previous court hearings, Podunavac's attorneys said the former trooper became addicted to painkillers after hurting his ankle in 2003.


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  • by Hotnana Location: ky on May 20, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    I just read a story in a morehead paper about a deputy sherrif being aressted for traffiking and armscase. And here this appears it has got to be the worst news coming out .Lord who can we trust. Jesus hes the only one I trust Ino hes above the law
  • by William Location: seky on May 16, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    Well a unstable young man in the county where I live was faceing seven years because of pedi drug crimes and the night before his court date he took his life, you see there is a unfairness in the picture...we need to replace the people in political power the common man is suffering we are becomeing a police state but the people Keep voteing for rotton leaders and that is just what they deserve rotton treatment...go vote again for the same people that kicks your teeth out when your on the ground I think this state likes to be abused.
  • by David Location: Hazard on May 15, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    5 months in jail wow thats lucky to get that. Don't really know what your all court system is like but that's preety good here in Hazard. And why should he be held to a higher standard, he is no different that you or I. He made a mistake like EVERYONE else does, and the Commonwealth Attorney had to approve his plea and they are voted in so it goes back to the people that voted him in.
  • by Bill on May 15, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    One of thiers gets caughts and gets 5 months. If it been anyone else, other then one of them, it would have been 20 years.Every thing they had would have been taken,and sold for profit,for the state..Our so called justice system sucks.
  • by Jack Location: Harlan poor house on May 14, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    5 whole months, wow....do you think we are becoming too hard on dope dealers...5 months wow.
  • by Karen Location: Prestonsburg on May 14, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    Why is this "officer" any better than "grandma or grandpa Jones"? If regular people get caught with so much as one little pill, they throw them in jail for a year, but I guess one of their own, whether current or former officers, are exempt from the same punishments as the general population. He, of all people, should have known the "law" better than anyone else. He should be punished the same or even on a higher scale as anyone else would.Five months is barely a tap on the wrist.

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