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Former Police Officer, Pastor Found Guilty on Embezzlement Charges

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Thursday night in Fluvanna County, a jury handed down guilty verdicts to a former police officer charged with embezzling money from the church he served as a pastor, but Wilbert Brassfield walked out of the Fluvanna County Circuit Court without facing any jail time.

The 4-man, 8-woman jury found him guilty on three out of five of the embezzlement charges. However, they suggested only a monetary punishment, which the judge upheld. Brassfield was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine for each charge, which came to a total of $7,500.

The prosecution says it is a fair punishment.

"I really appreciate and understand the verdict that they returned. As far as the monetary verdict rather than jail time...I think the felony will be quite a punishment within itself so we certainly understand that," said Jeff Haislip, the prosecutor in the case.

Brassfield was first charged in 2011 with embezzling more than $10,000 from Praise Christian Fellowship in Fluvanna. He served as the pastor of that church when the doors opened in 2010, but the church has since closed.

Brassfield was not willing to comment after the trial.

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