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Skeeter Manos Sentenced To 33 Months in Prison For Embezzling Fallen Officers Fund

"We know there isn’t a sentence long enough to undo the damage Skeeter has done to the public trust and the image of the Lakewood Police Department," the department said today.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of time Manos had been sentenced to. He has been sentenced to 33 months in prison. Changes are reflected in the headline)

A federal court judge today sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling donated money from the account established for the city's four fallen officers.

. Authorities said he embezzled more than $100,000 from the account established for the families of the  Lakewood police officerswho were killed in a coffee shop three years ago at the hands of Maurice Clemmons. The four officers killed were Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards.

Following today's sentencing, the Lakewood Police Department released this statement:

We respect the system in which we work and accept the sentence imposed by the judge. We know there isn’t a sentence long enough to undo the damage Skeeter has done to the public trust and the image of the Lakewood Police Department. That repair can only be accomplished through hard work and perseverance and with the continued support of the public. As we once again attempt to move forward, we will continue to honor the memories of Mark, Tina, Ronnie, and Greg by serving the citizens of Lakewood with honor, dedication, and the utmost integrity.

The men and women of the Lakewood Police Department would like to thank all who have supported us.

Patch will have more on this story later.

Brent Champaco June 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
An earlier version of this story read that incorrect sentencing. Manos has been sentenced to 33 months.
David Anderson June 29, 2012 at 11:43 PM
We would like an update on Brian Wurts as well.
Dane Ferrell June 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Well, I have never seen an honest cop anyway,so I am amazed he was even charged with anything,BTW? if he wasnt a cop, or was some poor working stiff, he would have got 33 years,not months.
LC Thayer June 30, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Given that the Lakewood Police Department ESTABLISHED the Fallen Officers' Fund and is doing great things with it, I'd say that there are plenty of upstanding, honest men and women serving the city of Lakewood.
sudee June 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Dane, you are sadly mistaken. There are a lot of good cops. I hope you never need assistance some day or any member of your family. David, I agree. I would like to know about Wurts. He was obviously in this as well since he helped deny and hold off investigation into the fund. Another bad seed that unfortunately they don't seem to want to be too hasty to reveal, unfortunately.
grace campbell July 01, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Where is his picture? I like to see this thief's face so I know what he looks like. My family donated money to the fund and I am really upset.
bs0844 August 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM
When is his sentence to begin he is still walking around our neighborhood and just saw him with three Kayaks this past week.

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