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Tue August 3, 2010

Probation for Former Tulsa Cop

Tulsa, OK – Ex-Okla officer avoids prison for firearms charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa County judge says a former Tulsa police officer who pleaded guilty to two firearms charges won't be convicted of a felony if he completes his probation requirements.

District Judge Carlos Chappelle on Monday gave Thomas Fees a three-year deferred sentence for felony pointing a firearm and a one-year suspended sentence for the misdemeanor of carrying a firearm while intoxicated. Fees will be on probation for three years.

Officers arrested Fees on Feb. 6 at a south Tulsa bar for causing a disturbance and pointing his weapon at an employee. Fees, who began working at the police department in June 2001 and resigned in May, pleaded guilty to both counts in June.

His attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com