SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Spokane Police Officer Timothy Moses faced a Spokane judge on Tuesday afternoon as part of a plea deal for charges stemming from the Otto Zehm beating.
A judge sentenced Moses for making a false or misleading statement to a public servant. The charge is a misdemeanor offense.
Moses will not serve jail. The judge sentenced him to 364 days which was suspended. Lawyers said Moses will be on probation for one year. The judge ordered Moses to pay $2,500 in fines according to the judge.
Moses resigned from the Spokane Police Department during the sentencing. The judge ordered that Moses cannot work in law enforcement in the future. Moses declined to comment in court.
Moses was originally scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, May 8th instead of Tuesday.
The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office charged Moses with making a false statement to a public servant, according to a source in the Police Department. The charge was in connection to the Otto Zehm case.
Zehm died after a confrontation with Spokane Police officers at a North Spokane Zip Trip in March 2006. Officer Karl Thompson was the first to arrive on the scene, and was convicted of federal charges of excessive force and lying to investigators in 2011.
Officer Tim Moses was also there the night of the beating. He’s accused of telling two different stories about what happened that night. When he talked to Spokane Police investigators after the fight he told investigators he saw Thompson strike Zehm in the head with a baton. But years later in interviews with federal investigators he is accused of changing his story to say Thompson did not strike Zehm in the head.
Moses took the stand during Thompson’s federal trial. He admitted to changing his story about what Thompson told him the night of Otto Zehm’s beating. Moses was offered immunity from federal charges in return for his testimony.