Former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey told reporters Tuesday that he is focused on winning his acquittal on a misdemeanor handgun charge.
On Monday, Douglas County Judge Susan Bazis, who has been assigned to the Sarpy County case, issued a 15-page ruling, rejecting Stacey's motion to have his charge dismissed.
Stacey said he was a “little disappointed” by the ruling, but he vows to prove his innocence when his case goes to trial, possibly in December or January.
Stacey's lawyer, James Martin Davis, said Stacey would be submitting a written not-guilty plea later this month.
“We intend to go to trial on this case, and we intend to have a jury exonerate John,” Davis said.
Stacey was charged in May with providing a handgun to former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry without the proper documentation.
Davis said there is no chance Stacey would reach a plea bargain with prosecutors.
“Absolutely not,” Davis said. “My client is not guilty. I don't anticipate losing the case.”
Since retiring as chief amid controversy in late May, Stacey said he's devoted much of his time to making home improvements. He said he's been busy fixing gates, repairing fences and painting.
“It's probably one of the best moves I ever made,” Stacey said of retiring.
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