A former St. Charles County police officer has received two suspended jail sentences and was placed on five years of probation on convictions for theft and tampering with evidence.
Sentencing was handed down yesterday (Monday) for 40 year old Matthew Clayton Howze of Bowling Green. He had pleaded guilty to the charges in March.
Howze had been St. Charles County deputy for 10 years. In February of last year, he was caught stealing a digital camera, parka, cordless drill, tool bag, sunglasses and cash from a police “bait car” near Defiance. Authorities used it as a trap after receiving a tip that Howze might be stealing things while on duty. Howze was fired after the incident..
Howze received a five-year sentence for theft and a four-year sentence for tampering with evidence. Both were suspended so Howze could complete five years of probation, during which he will serve 60 days of house arrest.