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City to Pay Officer's Legal Fees in Negligent Homicide Case

City to Pay Officer's Legal Fees in Negligent Homicide Case

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(KSL News) A Taylorsville police officer facing charges of negligent homicide for his role in a fatal crash won't have to pay his own legal fees. Taylorsville City is picking up the tab.

The Deseret Morning News reports the city council will compensate officer Joseph Corbett for legal fees and representation. Council members said they'd pay because Corbett was acting within the scope of his duties as a city employee when the accident happened.

But they won't pay for everything. The Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Association of the Fraternal Order of Police will pay a portion of the fees.

Corbett was on his way to assist in a chase in February when he hit and killed another motorist. He was charged last week with negligent homicide and faces up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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