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Record to be wiped after five years

No prison time for former deputy

May 18, 2006

Leesburg -- Judge Rucker Smith sentenced former Lee County deputy Donnie Spillers to five years probation for the two felony counts for which he was convicted.

Spillers will have to perform 200 hours of community service for each of the two convictions, for a total of 400 hours service.

In February 2005, Spillers shot and killed 17-year old Wesley Beaver after a high speed chase.  He admitted shooting the teen, but said he thought Beaver was going for a gun.

Spillers was given first offender status, which means that when his probation is over, his record will be wiped clean.

After four hours of deliberation, the jury in found Spillers guilty of the two felony counts, falsifying information and violation of his oath of office, and not guilty of the two misdemeanor counts, involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering.

The family of victim Wesley Beaver was visibly upset in the courtroom as the verdicts were read.

Spillers is to report to his probation officer Monday.


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