Former Gainesville FOP president gets 3 years in prison for grand theft
OCALA, Fla -- An emotional Jeff McAdams held back tears Wednesday as a Marion County judge sentenced him to three years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.
McAdams, a former Gainesville Police Officer, was found guilty of stealing more than $50,000 from the Gator Lodge chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. McAdams was accused of the crime in 2014.
"I've made some mistakes," McAdams said to the judge on Wednesday. "I want you to know that I've made some mistakes that I'm embarrassed about, that I regret."
On Wednesday, five witnesses for the defense and one against spoke before Fifth Circuit Judge Willard Pope.
According to FDLE, McAdams spent the stolen money on nightclubs and trips with former Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy. McAdams pled no contest to the accusation in January 2017.
McAdams held his head down as Judge Pope issued the sentencing. The defense has 30 days should they chose to appeal the decision.
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