CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Pocahontas County sheriff's deputy whose certification was revoked after he drunkenly fired his gun while at his girlfriend's house could get that certification back next year, according to state documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
In March 2009. Robert Alkire II pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon for firing his pistol in an unsafe manner. He was originally charged with one count of wanton endangerment for the November 2007 incident.
His certification as a West Virginia police officer was revoked in April 2010 by the state Law Enforcement Training Subcommittee. Alkire appealed the revocation and an administrative law judge recommended that he get his license back.
J. Norbert Federspiel, the executive director of the Governor's Committee on Crime Delinquency and Corrections, took the law judge's ruling into account and ordered Alkire to serve a two-year suspension. After that he can be employed as a law enforcement officer under certain conditions.
Federspiel declined to comment on his ruling. A phone number could not be located for Alkire.
State Police First Sgt. Curtis Tilley, head of the subcommittee that revoked Alkire's certification, said the panel's actions speak for themselves.
"It's pretty obvious how the committee feels. We voted to decertify him," Tilley said.
Alkire's suspension runs through April 2012, according to state documents.
The report submitted to the LET Subcommittee and Federspiel by the law judge, John A. Grafton, detail what happened the night of Nov. 30, 2007.
Alkire testified that he went to his girlfriend Jennifer Miller's house that night after work and took off his gun belt, shirt and bulletproof vest, as he usually did.
Miller and Alkire began arguing, and Alkire drank almost an entire bottle of vodka, according to Grafton's findings.
"Mr. Alkire was informed of some information that upset him to a great degree," the findings state.
Alkire said he didn't remember any of the events after drinking the vodka until he awoke in the hospital the next morning with his mother sitting beside him.
According to the police report from the incident, Alkire left Miller's apartment and flagged down a car with his flashlight.