State police lieutenant convicted in theft scheme

By: ap
By: ap

MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say a Michigan State Police lieutenant has reached a plea deal after being accused of stealing property seized during drug operations and other crimes.

Emmanuel Riopelle pleaded no contest Friday to misconduct in office in Monroe Circuit Court. The Michigan attorney general's office says Riopelle's conviction ends the 44-year-old's law enforcement career and he'll have to forfeit his pension.

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Riopelle and former Lt. Luke Davis were charged in 2011 with racketeering, embezzlement and misconduct. Also charged in the scheme was Davis' friend Lawrence Dusseau.

Dusseau pleaded guilty to two tax charges and faces sentencing May 30. Davis' trial is scheduled for Monday.

Prosecutors allege the embezzlement occurred between March 2006 and December 2008.

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  • by Steve Location: Lansing on May 13, 2013 at 05:53 AM
    Ok, we see this same story time and time again,crooked cop,cops protecting cops, cops driving thru house and threaten home owner... At what point do the courts drop the "presumption that police are telling the truth"? They are no better than the rest of us!
  • by Cate Location: close by on May 13, 2013 at 03:16 AM
    I hate seeing some cop that has commited a crime be all woobegotten at sentensing and look so sad, wake up stupid, you commited a crime and you willingly did it, so suck it up and do the time, no shaving off time either, and oh by the way, Im happy you lost your pension you needed too And dont use me as a reference cause you dont want to hear the results,,
  • by mike Location: lansing on May 12, 2013 at 06:42 AM
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