Lawry's Gun Charge Dismissed
The former Gretna City Administrator already in jail for stealing from the public has her gun charge dropped.
Colleen Lawry pleaded guilty to lesser theft charges in September. A judge sentenced her to six months in jail, in December. Later that month, prosecutors dropped charges in a gun case connected to the former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey. They dismissed the misdemeanor charge of Transferring a Firearm Without a Certificate.
"A lot of things go into a decision like that. In this case it would've included the sentence that she has received on her other matters,” Deputy Sarpy County Attorney, Nicole Hutter explained. “It also includes her willingness to accept responsibility."
Former BPD Chief John Stacey's trial will continue. He's accused of borrowing a gun to Lawry though she didn't have proper permit in 2011. Stacey's attorney, James Martin Davis, says part of Lawry's theft plea deal was to drop the gun charge and have her testify in the Stacey trial. Court records indicate she was subpoenaed to testify in Stacey's trial initially set December, but the trial was continued. Davis says Lawry was capable of owning a firearm, but didn't apply for a handgun permit which costs $5 in Sarpy County.
"Not only is it much ado about nothing, but it's a waste of government and judicial resources,” Davis described. "John was an excellent chief of police and they want a jury to brand him a criminal because the state was out $5. And when the person who obtained the firearm was charged and now those charges are dropped against her. I mean where's the justice in all of this?"
KMTV Action 3 News tried to contact Lawry’s attorney, but our call wasn’t returned. Stacey's trial is set for February.