A former Ashland police officer who admitted trying to rob a suspected drug dealer was sentenced Monday to 75 months in prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
Melvin C. Schoch Jr., 30, pleaded guilty in May. He admitted that in May or June 2009, while he was a police officer, he and two other people barged into the home of a person in Boyd County they thought would have pain pills or money they could steal, according to the release.
Schoch was on duty at the time and had his .40-caliber pistol. He gave police gear to the other two people with him, according to the release.
Schoch and a co-defendant went into the house under the guise of serving a search warrant, while the third man, Ellis Pittman, stood lookout, according to the release and court documents.
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Schoch did not find drugs in the house.
Pittman also pleaded guilty but has not been sentenced. Court records do not identify the third person involved in the crime.