Ex-Durham officer pleads guilty to false imprisonment
Posted September 21, 2015
Durham, N.C. — A former Durham police officer pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment in connection with a 2013 case in which she and two other officers forced their way into a home.
Erin V. Espinola was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended of 12 months on unsupervised probation. She also was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $765 in court costs.
Espinola, Officer Stacy L. Armstrong and Lt. Ryan A. Freeman were among six people arrested on Jan. 18, 2013, after pushing their way into a home on Trevor Circle to retrieve what they said was stolen property. The property was described as an iPhone, a wallet containing police identification and a coat, which were allegedly taken from a club on Ninth Street.
During that disturbance, a man was chased to a home on Landis Drive and assaulted, police said.
Freeman and Armstrong both pleaded guilty previously. All three resigned from the Durham Police Department.