No jail time for constable who shot shoplifting suspect

David Whitlock in court to accept a plea deal.
David Whitlock in court to accept a plea deal.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County constable who shot an alleged shoplifter last fall will not go to jail, but he will be stepping down from his position.

Tuesday morning, David Whitlock officially accepted a plea deal with prosecutors. Whitlock was sentenced to five years, but will not serve time. Instead, Whitlock will be under probation for one year in the diversion program.

Under the plea deal Whitlock has to step down as constable, which is an elected position. In addition, he cannot be in law enforcement, carry a weapon, or have contact with the victim, Tammie Ortiz.

Whitlock also agreed not to try and get the case expunged from his record.

On the afternoon of November 2, 2011, Whitlock shot Ortiz in the parking lot of the Pleasure Ridge Park WalMart. Ortiz was suspected of shoplifting from the store.

Whitlock had previously been offered a plea deal, but refused it in August.

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