Posted: 3/19/2012 11:11:14 AM
Updated: 3/19/2012 2:12:39 PM
Edward Krawetz, the Lincoln police officer convicted of kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside Twin River casino in 2009, will serve no jail time.
Superior Court Judge Edward Clifton Monday sentenced Krawetz to a 10-year suspended ACI sentence and 10 years’ probation. The state had asked for seven years with 18 months to serve behind bars. Krawetz could have faced up to 20-years in jail. The judge also ordered that Krawetz have no contact with the victim and to undergo mental health counseling.
In imposing a sentence of less than jail, the judge said he had explored the possibility of home confinement, but said a statute bars such a sentence in cases involving crimes of violence. The judge also cited a 2007 incident which led Krawetz to briefly seek out psychological counseling. He would not disclose details of the incident, saying accounts of it remain under seal.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin issued a statement following the sentencing, and said that the actions of Krawetz must not reflect poorly on other police officers.
“I know firsthand the duty of a sworn police officer; to serve the public and uphold the law. When a police officer or other public official engages in criminal conduct, dishonesty, or an abuse of power, the public trust is seriously undermined. Once that trust is broken, it is difficult, if not impossible, for police officers to do their jobs. The inexcusable actions by Edward Krawetz should not and must not reflect the actions by the thousands of police officers who perform their duties each day with pride, integrity, honesty and within the legal and ethical boundaries of the law,” said Kilmartin in a statement.