CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The former evidence technician charged with stealing prescription pills from the Beckley Police Department's evidence room was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court.
Judge David Faber placed Gabriella Brown, 31, of Beckley, on four years' probation.
Last year, Brown pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud forgery, deception and subterfuge.
Authorities said in August, a Beckley police officer stored a container with 59 oxycodone pills and 16 morphine pills in the evidence room and logged it into a database. The officer had received the pills from a local pain clinic, and the pills were counted and noted by a pain clinic employee.
A detective later went to Brown to retrieve the oxycodone pills and counted the contents of the container in front of her. She allegedly told the detective that there were only 37 pills in the container.
The detective, according to court documents, asked Brown, "'Is this it?' She responded, 'This is it.'"
Brown later told authorities that on the following day she had removed the pills from the evidence locker to log the quantity and stole 22 of the oxycodone pills from the container.
Brown went on medical leave shortly after detectives began investigating the missing pills. Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems previously said Brown worked at the Police Department in some capacity for about six years. She was an evidence technician for about 15 months.