Ex-officer sentenced for lying in death investigation
An ex-police officer has received a jail sentence for lying to investigators probing her brother's ties to the bludgeoning death of a 13-year-old western Michigan girl 10 years ago.
Candace Wallis-Baumgartner pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of lying to police in exchange for the dropping of a perjury charge. A Newaygo County judge sentenced her to serve 30 weekends in jail.
Wallis-Baumgartner was a White Cloud police officer when Amanda Lankey disappeared from a friend's house in the city of 1,400, about 35 miles northeast of Muskegon. Amanda's body was found in the Manistee National Forest.
Investigators were focusing on Cecil Wallis as a person of interest in the killing but never filed charges. He committed suicide in jail in 2011.