Former Vienna cop headed to jail in rifle theft case
The former Vienna Township Police Officer and Mathews School Resource Officer that pleaded guilty to multiple charges will spend the next six months in the county jail.
Michael Sheehy pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, theft in office, possessing criminal tools, petty theft, and aggravated possession of drugs in August.
A grand theft charge was dropped.
Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Christopher Becker told 21 News that his office would recommend prison time for Sheehy.
The former officer resigned from his position after being indicted in February.
The charges stem from a criminal complaint accusing Sheehy of stealing two AR-15 rifles valued at $2,400 from the Vienna Township Police Department. The complaint also claimed that Sheehy used the department's vehicle lockout kit to break into a township police vehicle and steal $700.
Sheehy presented DARE programs during his time with the Mathews School District.
When Sheehy is released from the jail, he will be placed on five years of probation and could face up to five years in prison if he gets in any further trouble during that time.
Sheehy will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to the Vienna School District and $700 for the police department.