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Deferred judgement granted to ex-Meskwaki Police Chief

April 10, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Chris Knouse, 46, Toledo, was granted a deferred judgement and placed on self-probation for one year by Judge Mitchell E. Turner in Tama County District Court in Toledo on Thursday, March 28.

Knouse had been the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Chief but was "no longer employed by the tribe" according to Maurice Johnson, the Sac and Fox - Meskwaki Tribe Attorney General, when the charges first surfaced on Jan. 12, 2012.

Knouse entered an Alford plea to a charge of non-felonious misconduct in office. The plea does not admit guilt by the defendant but recognizes there may be enough evidence to produce a conviction at trial.

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Chris Knouse

He was assessed a $315 civil penalty and to pay victim restitution if it is sought.

According to court records, the charge stemmed from a failure to follow requirements for transfer of a firearm.

Charges of unlawful transfer of a firearm and 5th degree theft filed in connection with the same incident were dismissed by Judge Turner as part of a plea agreement. Knouse was accused of "unlawfully and willfully transferring ownership of a pistol (to a person) who did not have an annual permit to acquire pistols or revolvers."

The theft charge stemmed

 
 

 

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