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Cop Receives 90 Days Probation For 'Official Oppression'

A Beaumont police officer convicted of official oppression in a 2007 traffic stop was sentenced today to 90 days of probation.

James Cody Guedry was convicted by a jury in December. He had stunned unarmed passenger Derrick Newman twice with a Taser in an Aug. 24, 2007, traffic stop on a South End street.

Guedry could have received up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

His attorney, Mitch Adams, asked Judge John Stevens to sentence Guedry to only a $1 fine.

Former officer David Todd Burke, who was also found guilty of official oppression in September for repeatedly striking Newman with a baton during the same traffic stop, was sentenced to one year's probation. Burke, who is no longer employed with Beaumont police, is appealing his case.

Adams told the court that Guedry led a fine upstanding life as a productive member of society. "He did at the time what he believed was

Added: Jan-19-2011 Occurred On: Aug-24-2007
By: jbpnw
Tags: cop, probation, offical oppression, beat down, beaumont
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