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Former KCSO deputy gets 3 years of probation

Posted at 10:33 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 20:22:12-04

Edward Tucker had taken a plea deal and on Thursday, the terms were confirmed.

He receives credit for time spent in jail of 328 days and later Thursday he will be released from prison to a residential drug rehabilitation program for a year and on felony probation for three years.

The charges against Tucker were for brandishing a firearm, possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs and driving while under the influence of drugs.

Tucker made national headlines in October when he was caught on camera escaping out of the back of a patrol car following his second arrest in less than a week.

Tucker was on the run for two days before he was caught at an acquaintance's house in Oildale. 

Tucker was first arrested for brandishing a firearm at a group of girls. He was found to have multiple firearms and methamphetamine in his possession when police searched his vehicle.

After posting bail, Tucker was arrested again when a wellness check resulted in the finding of more firearms and drugs. 

While in the police car following the second arrest, Tucker escaped the police car after asking for the window to be rolled down because he was feeling nauseous. 

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Tucker's attorney Kyle Humphrey talked after the sentencing about how he feels Kern County has unrealistically high sentences for these types of crimes. But he feels this case might have been a sign of a change.

"This particular case is a true compassion and an evidentiary approach of what should happen and I think under all the circumstances, society benefited and my client benefited by this outcome."