Former Oklahoma City sergeant receives deferred sentence

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OKLAHOMA CITY -  A former Oklahoma City police officer pleaded guilty to a firearms charge in court on Monday.

Cecil Moss is now convicted of one count of pointing a firearm at another.

The charges were filed following an incident almost one year ago involving Kurt Ward, the father of two of his grandchildren.

Moss was accused of pointing a gun at Ward as he tried to drive away.

"There were a lot of witnesses, a lot of credible people saw what happened and they didn't feel that was right either," said Ward.

Moss was a sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Department when these allegations came to light. It's a role he has now resigned from as part of a deal in this case.

“He's lost his job and the career he worked so hard for, but that's what happens when you let your emotions control your actions,” said District Attorney David Prater.

Oklahoma City police confirm  Moss resigned his position with the department on March 15.  Prater says it was part of bringing the case against Moss to a close.

“The main concern the victims had in this case was to make sure that the defendant would no longer be a police officer,” Prater said.

“I am happy with the deal. I think possibly the police department has more integrity now with one less officer hiding behind his badge and pushing people around,” Ward said.

In court Monday, Moss sat quietly.

Judge Donald Deason accepted Moss’ guilty plea, sentencing him to a five-year deferred sentence, with two years of supervised probation.

The judge also said Moss can no longer be a police officer.

Outside of court, Moss and his attorney had nothing to say in response to the case.

The district attorney says it's a hard lesson in how quickly one decision can change a person's life.

“Really what happened is he got too emotionally involved in a family situation,” Prater said.

Prater said the information on this case will now be sent to CLEET for review.

He says they will make the decision on whether Moss’ certification is revoked.

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