PoliceOne Staff Report ( BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. ) -- An imprisoned sheriff's deputy serving a federal drug charge was acquitted last week of charges that he threatened the DEA special agent who put him behind bars.
Former Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy Michael Lee Disney was found not guilty after four hours of jury deliberations that ended Friday afternoon.
A five-year veteran of the sheriff's department until his 1996 conviction on drug charges, Disney was accused of threatening Special Agent Mike Marshall in a 1998 conversation that the convicted former deputy made from a halfway house. While state authorities claimed that the conversation was a threat, Disney took the stand to refute those claims.
When the state charges were first lodged Disney's supervised release was revoked and he was returned to custody.
"I'm relieved," Disney told the Albuquerque Journal after the verdict. "I hope the officers and agents will let it rest."
One of the prosecutors, Assistant District Attorney Jack Bulkhead, told the newspaper that he believed the state's case had been proven, but added that the government, "certainly respect[s] the jury's decision."