Former Portales police captain convicted

Lonnie Berry
Lonnie Berry

NewsChannel 10

Portales, New Mexico - The former Captain of the Portales Police Department was sentenced in court Thursday after pleading No Contest to 3 felony counts of Tampering with Evidence.
The 9th Judicial District Attorney's office says Lonnie Berry admitted to destroying traffic citations issued to a  Portales woman back in 2011 before they could be processed by officers.

Berry was ordered to pay a $500 fine, forfeit his law enforcement certification, agree never to work in any form of law enforcement, and will be on probation for the next 18 months.

9th Judicial District Judge Drew Tatum said, "This is a sad day. Public trust in law enforcement is essential and when the public trust is diminished by actions such as these, everyone loses."