Chief pleads no contest to evidence tampering, resigns

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police chief who pleaded no contest to an evidence tampering charge has resigned.

News outlets report Paul Blackwell resigned Monday as Tullahoma police chief after entering the plea in Coffee County Circuit Court. Under the plea, Blackwell doesn't admit guilt, but doesn't dispute the charge.

Prosecutor Jennings Jones declined to say what led to the charges against Blackwell.

News outlets report Blackwell received a four-year suspended sentence with deferred judgment, meaning he will serve no jail time if he abides by the terms of his probation.

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