OGDEN -- The second of two former police officers busted for bribery has been sentenced to jail.
Matt Jones, 35, this week was sentenced to a five-year prison term, suspended in favor of three years' probation and 90 days in jail, plus a $603 fine.
Just like Jones, Daniel Kotter, 35, was sentenced to a five-year prison term last month, suspended in favor of three years' probation and 90 days in jail, plus the $603 fine.
Each has been ordered to have no contact with the other, and Kotter has also been ordered to have no contact with Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Jensen, the officer who ran a sting on Kotter.
Events began when Jones was arrested in August 2011 on a drunken-driving charge by the UHP, later reduced to a lesser impaired-driving charge, according to court records. Kotter was arrested a month later, pursuant to the bribery investigation, and suspended by the Perry police force.
When the bribery charges were filed Oct. 12, 2011, Kotter was terminated from his part-time position with the Perry force. He remained employed as a security guard at Hill Air Force Base for some time after, his current status there unknown.
Kotter had contacted UHP Trooper Jensen on Sept. 7, 2011, about Jones' arrest, court documents say, offering the trooper $1,000 to let the case lapse.
The trooper then told Kotter that Jones' blood-alcohol level was 0.15, or nearly twice the legal limit.
Kotter then upped the offer to $2,500, according to a search warrant affidavit. Neither offer was consummated at the time.
After a number of text messages and phone calls, the two met again Sept. 13 on 21st Street in Ogden in a sting operation where Kotter gave the trooper $2,000 in cash. He was then arrested.
It was Jones who suggested Kotter approach Jensen about the bribe, according to Jones' plea agreement signed in March. Kotter came up with the money from his own pocket, according to court records, when Jones pleaded poverty.
Now of Plain City, Jones had achieved some prior notoriety when he was fired in 2007 by the Ogden Police Department, which cited disciplinary problems. The previous year he was suspended when then-Mayor Matthew Godfrey spotted Jones' wife driving a van adorned with a sign criticizing the city's ticket-writing policy, followed by Jones in another vehicle.