A former East Alton Police Officer has been sentenced to one year probation for beating a man who was trying to break into his home. Brent E. Wells resigned his position as sergeant in January after 15 years of service to the department, and pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor in federal court in East St. Louis. In exchange for the plea, he avoided jail time which could have been up to one year.

Wells was off duty on September 11, 2010 when he called police dispatch and requested assistance at his residence. He told federal investigators that he helped detain a man who was attempting to enter his home and once the man was in custody, verbally threatened him and then punched him several times in the kidney area of the back. Wells filed a complaint against the alleged intruder the next day, and admitted that while on duty 10 days later he told an acquaintance of the intruder that he would finish what he started if he saw the man again. As part of the sentencing, Wells cannot possess a firearm for one year, and also cannot hold a position in law enforcement or security for three years. He is currently employed as an investigator with the Simmons Firm.


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