WESTMINSTER, Md. (WMAR) -
The Maryland State Prosecutor has announced that Nicholas Plazio, formerly a Major in the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, has entered a guilty plea in connection with a misconduct in office charge.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt says that the charge stems from his conduct in the investigation of the September 2010 murder of Jeremiah Demario, and the subsequent unsuccessful attempt to prosecute of two persons in connection with that murder.
Former Major Plazio is charged with providing false information to the Office of the State's Attorney and to the Court between October 31, 2011 and February 29, 2012 regarding his role in the investigation into the murder of Demario.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Plazio was sentenced to one year in prison, which was suspended in favor of three years of supervised probation, a fine of $5,000 and 500 hours of community service.
Plazio may also not seek, hold or be employed in any capacity by any law enforcement agency while he is on probation.
State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt said "Every law enforcement officer has a preeminent duty of honesty in the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses. When an officer violates that duty, he brings dishonor, contempt and disrepute to the entire criminal justice system. It is my hope that prosecutions such as this one will, to the extent possible, help to restore some faith in the integrity of our law enforcement community."