The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspended police captain was placed on probation and ordered
to perform 200 hours of community service for selling pirated and counterfeit
Capt. Julie D. Nelson pleaded no contest last month to possessing hundreds
of the DVDs for sale after a a judge reduced the piracy charges to misdemeanors.
Friday's sentence was issued by Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald,
who rejected prosecutors' arguments for a tougher sentence that would include
incarceration in sentencing her to three years' probation and a $1,000 fine.
If convicted on felony charges, she could have faced nearly seven years in
prison and been fired.
Nelson was arrested in December after police allegedly found hundreds of bootleg
movie DVDs in her car, her home and a friend's apartment.
During Friday's hearing, Nelson apologized for her actions. She said in a prepared
statement she was sorry for bringing shame on "myself, my family and fellow
"I do understand there are those who will never forgive me," Nelson
Authorities have claimed her boyfriend, Edward Monroy, produced thousands of
movies but have not filed charges against him.
Nelson also faces an internal LAPD hearing that could result in disciplinary
action or termination.
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She was transferred to Hollywood last year after serving as Harbor station
commander until she was demoted.