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Flash: No Jail Time for Former Berkeley Cop

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 12, 2006

Although former Berkeley Police Sgt. Cary Kent, who pleaded guilty to felony charges of grand theft and possession of heroin and methamphetamine was sentenced Friday to one year in county jail, he’ll do no time behind bars. Friday, Judge Don Clay offered the now-retired officer an “alternative” to jail.  

Kent and his attorney, former Berkeley Police officer Harry Stern, will be back before the judge on June 27 to propose alternative sentencing, such as wearing an electronic ankle bracelet or doing work furlough. Kent, who stole heroin, meth and pills from the police department evidence locker that he supervised, compromised at least one criminal drug case, Clay said.