Collins sentenced in VZC District Court

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Former Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins appeared before District Judge Teresa Drum in the 294th judicial district in Canton Nov. 7.

Collins was charged with one count of theft of property by a public servant of more than $100 and less than $750, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of abuse of official capacity which was dismissed as part of a plea agreement in which he had to surrender his law enforcement licenses.

On count one, Collins received a one-year sentence in the VZC Jail which was suspended and placed on community supervision for two years, fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs totaling $363, restitution in the amount of $216.63 and a Crime Stoppers fee of $50.

Collins submitted his resignation as Grand Saline police chief in writing to the City of Grand Saline Oct. 4 after being indicted by a VZC Grand Jury and turning himself in to VZC law enforcement authorities.

The former GS police chief had been on paid administrative leave by the city since July 10 and was booked into the VZC Jail Oct. 3.

Collins allegedly paid for meals for his spouse and the spouse of another police officer while attending training and then allegedly led the city of Grand Saline to believe the meals were for official business. The transactions allegedly occurred during the time period of Sept. 27-30, 2015.

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