PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Providence police officer fired for stealing newspaper coupons has been sent to prison for illegal possession of a gun and using a city gas card without authorization.
The attorney general's office says 51-year-old Jesse Ferrell pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm after having been previously convicted of a crime of violence and obtaining property under false pretenses. He was sentenced to two years behind bars, with 10 years suspended.
Ferrell was arrested in March and charged with using his police department gas card to fraudulently buy more than $9,000 worth of gas.
A later search of his apartment led to the discovery of the gun.
Ferrell was fired in 2016 after pleading no contest to charges he broke into a Providence Journal facility to steal newspaper coupons.