Ex-Central Texas Police Chief Convicted Of Evidence Tampering

A former Central Texas police chief awaits a sentencing hearing after a jury convicted him of one count of evidence tampering.

Jeremiah Shults (File photo)

MARLIN (April 8, 2011)—Former Rosebud Police Chief Jeremiah Shults was free on bond and awaiting a sentencing hearing Friday after a Falls County jury found him guilty late Thursday night on one of two counts of evidence tampering.

An indictment handed up in late October 2010 says the charges stem from concealing alcoholic beverage containers at the scene of an accident and altering the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

After about six hours of deliberation that stretched into the night Thursday, jurors convicted Shults on the evidence tampering count stemming from the removal of beer cans from the vehicle involved in the accident, but acquitted him on the count stemming from allegations he moved a seat in the vehicle.

Shults decided to let the judge decide punishment and a hearing will be held after a pre-sentence investigation by the county’s Adult Probation Department.

The offense carries a possible penalty of two to 10 years in prison.

Shults turned himself in at the Falls County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 after a warrant charging two counts of tampering with evidence was issued.

He was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Shults resigned as Police Chief on Oct. 12, 2010.

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