In May, his case was brought to trial.He faces 67 charges including fraud, official misconduct, evidence tampering, and wrongful imprisonment. He was found guilty on 19 counts.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the court heard the testimony of five witnesses, including one of Wester’s victims, Teresa Odom.
“You have robbed me of my credibility, a mother and a grandmother. For the past three years, I’ve probably missed a year and a half of my grandchild’s life because of this,” Odom said.
Wester was in tears when his wife, Rebecca Wester, spoke. “But most importantly, his absence does not allow him to continue to care for and serve the most important thing in his life, me. He is not only missing from our homes but also from the homes of our friends,” she said.
The prosecution said Wester’s actions had made the community a victim.
“The accused has chosen to violate that trust and commit crimes against the very citizens he has vowed to protect. That’s why he was convicted, in violation of that belief, of committing a crime against them, victimizing them,”said State Attorney Tom Williams.
Goodman said he had received more than 50 letters in support of Wester.
In their last argument, the defender said Wester knew he was going to jail but asked for the smallest number of years.
Some controversial comments:
“He should never see the light of day again. His actions were terrible and gave credibility to each claim that an officer had produced evidence. I wonder where that’s going in the coaching session; at the beginning or at the end?”
“It’s great to see this guy arrested and arrested and convicted. Now, I hope his cell block contains some of his victims.”
“But what makes a cop wake up in the morning and say “hey I’m planting drugs in someone else’s car “? I’m sick! He deserves all he has. “