Former Marquette Police officer Todd Collins was sentenced to deferred adjudication after pleading guilty to a downgraded steroid charge.
Todd Collins, a former K9 dog handler at the Marquette Police Department (MPD), pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. Collins was sentenced to one year probation in Marequette County 96th District Court on February 27, 2020.
Matt Wiese, the Prosecuting Attorney for Marquette County explained how Collins could see the criminal charge removed completely from his public and permanent record.
“Former officer Collins was sentenced to a 12-months deferred sentence under the public health code, which means it’s a nonpublic, private record,” said Wiese. “As long as he’s successful, that will remain the case. He will ultimately not have a record.”
Officer Todd Collins was originally charged with two felony steroid violations.
Collins was originally charged with two state felonies: conspiracy to commit controlled substance delivery or manufacture and using computers to commit a crime. The penalties for these drug felonies could have easily put Collins in prison.
Fortunately for Collins, the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office was willing to negotiate. Prosecutors offered Collins a deal that was too good to pass up.
Prosecutors would drop the felony steroid trafficking charge and the felony computer crime charge if Collins would plead guilty to just a misdemeanor steroid possession charge. Furthermore, the misdemeanor would even be removed from his record after the successful completion of his probationary term.
Under the agreement, Collins will be required to submit to drug screens upon request. Collins is prohibited from drinking alcohol or using any controlled substances especially anabolic steroids.
Collins was not the only local cop involved in the scandal. He was accused of conspiring with a former cop named Rick Neaves. Collins and Neaves were both MPD dog handlers. Collins was arrested after police investigators found incriminating text messages on Neave’s cell phone.
Neaves has maintained his innocence. A court date has not yet been set for Neaves.
Carey, T. (February 27, 2020). Collins sentenced, court date not set for Neaves. Retrieved from miningjournal.net/news/front-page-news/2020/02/collins-sentenced-court-date-not-set-for-neaves/