Ex-sheriff admits withholding info in deputy killing
TULSA, Okla. — A former Oklahoma sheriff who was friends with a reserve deputy who shot and killed an unarmed man last year pleaded no contest Friday to failing to release key information about how the officer was trained.
Stanley Glanz, who was sheriff in Tulsa County, entered his plea to a charge of refusal to perform official duty and was sentenced to a year of jail time, but the judge suspended it.
At the same hearing, he pleaded guilty to willful violation of the law for an unrelated incident in which he received a monthly vehicle stipend while having access to county-owned vehicles. That plea resulted in a suspended one-year sentence.
A special grand jury indicted Glanz last September, saying that in the days after Eric Harris was shot dead on a Tulsa street, the sheriff should have shared a 2009 memo that raised questions about reserve deputy Robert Bates’ qualifications. Glanz had said the memo was a private personnel record not subject to Oklahoma’s open records law.
Glanz, who resigned after being indicted, was longtime friends with Bates, who donated cash, vehicles and equipment to the sheriff’s department.
Bates carried a badge and a gun despite questions being raised about his training.