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Assistant Fire Chief Convicted Of Theft, Misconduct

September 12, 1985

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Hoffman, accused of taking $870 from the pocket of pilot killed in a plane crash, was convicted Thursday of felony theft and misconduct in office.

A Wyandotte County District Court jury which got the case Wednesday afternoon returned its verdicts Thursday morning. The trial began Monday before Judge James Lysaught.

Hoffman, a 29-year veteran with the department, has been suspended without pay since turning the money over to investigators after a police officer reported seeing him take it.

The money was on the body of Robert A. Diaz, 54, of Sugarland, Texas, pilot of a cargo plane that crashed Jan. 9 in a water treatment reservoir, killing him and two other crewmen. The pilot’s body was recovered the day after the crash.

No date was set for sentencing.

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