Jordan Steinke, the former Colorado police officer who left a handcuffed suspect in her patrol vehicle, which was later hit by a train, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and assault. She won’t, however, receive any jail time. The Denver Post reports that instead, she has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and given 100 hours of community service. She was also acquitted of attempted criminally negligent homicide.
Due to the third-degree assault conviction, Steinke’s Peace Officer Standards and Training certification is expected to be revoked. “Decertification, which we anticipate, means she will never be a police officer ever again,” her lawyer said in a statement. Cue an even smaller version of the world’s smallest violin.
“The conflict that she feels is one where every day she has to feel this pain,” he said in a statement. “And she’s had to deal with (doctor) appointments and having her life so radically changed. And feeling upset, very upset about that — angry about that — but on the other hand, feeling for Ms. Steinke, and, I think, truly empathetically feeling sorry for how she has lost her career.”
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