Skeeter Manos fell a little farther into the pit of infamy Friday by pleading guilty to identity theft and forgery in Pierce County Superior Court.
The former Lakewood police officer already was a pariah after being convicted of stealing from the spouses and children of four of his colleagues gunned down at a Parkland coffee shop in 2009.
Friday’s pleas gave him the misfortune of having felony convictions in both state and federal court.
“These charges were intended to ensure full accountability for the defendant,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a news release issued prior to the hearing. “He previously pled guilty to a federal crime, and now he will be convicted of separate state crimes.”
Manos, 36, pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year in U.S. District Court and was sentenced to two years, nine months in prison.
Federal prosecutors contended he stole more than $100,000 from donations meant for the families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards, and Manos admitted as much.
Manos was serving as treasurer of the Lakewood police guild at the time and had access to the fallen officers fund.
Manos was out awaiting a report date to federal prison in September when Pierce County prosecutors had him arrested on state charges that he passed himself off as a local accountant to help hide his fraud in the federal case.
Manos on Friday admitted that conduct, too.
Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen then recommended a high-end sentence of nine months in prison and requested that the time be served once Manos finished his federal sentence.
Defense attorney Bryan Hershman called that unfair.
Hershman argued to Judge Frank Cuthbertson that the state case against his client served no legitimate purpose, given that the facts were connected to the federal fraud case for which Manos already was being punished.
The defense attorney said county prosecutors only brought the case to look tough.
Sorensen disagreed. The identity theft and forgery were separate acts with a different victim, he argued.
Cuthbertson then gave Manos a chance to speak.
The defendant apologized for his actions.
“It’s not who I am. It’s not what I’m about,” he said.
The judge then sided with Sorensen, sentencing Manos to nine months in state prison to be served once he finishes his federal time. But Cuthbertson also gave Manos credit for the nearly eight months he’s served while awaiting the resolution of the state case.
Cuthbertson called Manos’ conduct “very disappointing” but said he hoped Manos makes something positive of his life once released.