SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who built his career enforcing the law will now spend the next two years in jail. Former Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas Foye was sentenced Wednesday afternoon, one week after pleading guilty to charges that he stole drugs from the department’s evidence locker.
At Hampden Superior Court in Springfield on Wednesday, Judge Mary Lou Rup sentenced Foye to two years in the Hampshire County House of Corrections in Northampton, as well as five years of probation.
During his change-of-plea hearing last week, the defense sought leniency, asking for the case to be continued without a finding, and for Foye to receive probation. Members of the community, including Ludlow selectmen and the town’s former police chief attested to Foye’s character and asked the judge to consider the veteran officer’s family.
Prosecutors say that Foye used an emergency key to gain entry to the department’s evidence locker; stealing cocaine and prescription drugs. Foye’s attorney said that his client became hooked on drugs following several surgeries.
He had been suspended from his job with the Ludlow police following his arrest, but officially resigned his position with the department last week.