Brandon Wood: Former LMPD officer sentenced to 70 months on federal charges

Brandon Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison on the federal charges.
Updated: May. 28, 2019 at 6:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A former Louisville Metro Police officer at the center of the youth Explorer Program sex scandal was sentenced Tuesday for both state and federal charges.

After Judge David Hale rejected a plea deal that would have kept Brandon Wood behind bars for 60 months, Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison on the federal charges.

Following those proceedings, he headed over to state court to face seven counts of sexual abuse involving a minor. Wood had previously pleaded guilty to those charges. He was sentenced to five years for each of those counts to run concurrently. That five-year sentence will run at the same time as the federal sentence.

Wood faced up to 35 years for the state charges. The Assistant Commonwealth Attorney told WAVE 3 News that the office consulted with the victim involved in the state proceedings.

“I think the goal with this entire investigation has been to get justice, to get some closure for our victims, and not just for the victims but also for the community,” Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Chris Foster said.

Wood’s attorney, though, said there was not any evidence of “forcible compulsion.”

“There’s no winners in the case,” attorney Steve Schroering said. “We are certainly relieved that it’s resolved now and that Mr. Wood can start taking steps towards getting his life back.”

While Wood was a counselor with the LMPD Explorers Program, he tried to engage with a minor in sexual activity during a camp held in Bullitt County.

He will serve 10 years of supervised release after his federal sentence. The judge rejected the 60-month plea offer because it would have been a low sentence based on federal sentencing guidelines, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A judge also rejected a plea offer for another former LMPD officer involved in the scandal, Kenneth Betts. His plea deal to serve 15 years on charges related to the Explorer case would have been too lenient, the judge ruled. Betts’ sentencing hearing was delayed until August.

There is no parole for federal convictions; therefore, Wood will have to serve all 70 months.

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