The main thing that the court did consider, Mr. Garmon, is that you did violate a position of trust in law enforcement," said U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Vining Jr.
Garmon pleaded guilty in February to embezzling about $80,500 from the department between the years 2004 and 2007.
During that time, Garmon, 36, of Cartersville, was responsible for keeping financial records and monitoring the bank accounts used to store money seized as evidence.
Garmon was also ordered to pay restitution of the money he embezzled. Fines and cost of imprisonment were waived.
He could have received as many as 10 years in prison and been ordered to pay a fine much as $250,000 in addition to paying restitution.
Because he cooperated with authorities, he was sentenced at the low end of the guidelines.
Prosecutors say Garmon used the money, most of which had been seized during drug investigations, to pay personal bills. At one point, they say, Garmon used some of the money to help him avoid foreclosure on his private residence.
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