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Ex-Asheville evidence room manager gets 10 months

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -

A former manager at the Asheville police evidence room has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for taking government property.

William Smith pleaded guilty to the embezzling charge in March 2013.

Smith was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger, who said Smith undermined the criminal justice system in Buncombe County and abused a position of trust.

Smith apologized in court but did not talk with reporters after he was sentenced. Defense attorney Sean Devereux said Smith may be the most remorseful client he has represented.

Smith failed a drug test in 2011 and was temporarily suspended. The police department then conducted an audit of items in the property room and could not find some of the evidence that was supposed to be stored there.

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