BLOOMINGTON -- Former Bloomington police officer Tommy Lee Walters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Friday and was sentenced to 24 months of conditional discharge.

He also was fined $250 and court costs. A 30-day jail term was stayed pending a March 11 hearing.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Lee said Walters admitted to taking slightly more than $3,000 from the Police Benevolent Protective Association because he was in financial trouble and needed money for house payments.

Walters was vice president of the police union at the time. Lee said Walters repaid the money immediately after he was approached about the theft in February.

Originally, Walters was indicted on felony theft charges and faced two to five years in prison if convicted. He resigned from the Bloomington Police Department in February.

Police spokesman Duane Moss said the department has no comment.

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