An area lawman will no longer be able to work in his current position following an agreement with prosecutors, according to District Attorney Ken Darby.
The agreement stems from information received from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster allegedly used a county-owned vehicle for an unauthorized personal trip out of the state, Darby said.
In the “deferred prosecution agreement,” Lancaster is to pay restitution to the county and he is not to work or serve in any law enforcement capacity in Oklahoma for a two-year probationary period.
Darby said that the decision to resolve the matter was an agreement made after considering the particular facts of the allegation and consulting with the investigating law enforcement agency and county officials.
He also said he believes this resolution is in the best interest of Kiowa County and the State of Oklahoma.
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