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Former Wichita cop sentenced to probation for trying to bribe witness

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.

A former Wichita police officer was sentenced Monday to one year probation for trying to bribe a witness.

Joletta Vallejo, 35, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

Prosecutors said Vallejo didn’t properly report alleged crimes against two people in October 2011. She and Patrick Melendrez tried to bribe a witness to change his statements to the police department’s professional standards bureau.

Vallejo was a Wichita officer from January 2006 to August 2012.

Melendrez was sentenced to two years probation on Nov. 18. Courtney Foster, another co-defendant, is awaiting trial.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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