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Defendant entered no-contest plea to impersonation

Whatever happened to the case of Quade Norush, who was arrested for impersonating a police officer?

— Anonymous

In July 2017, Quade William Norush, 22, pleaded no-contest to one count of criminal impersonation of a peace officer, and a second count of criminal impersonation of a peace officer was dismissed. The charge he pleaded no contest to is a class A misdemeanor, according to court records. (Corrected online: see below)

A defendant does not admit guilt with a no-contest plea but concedes prosecutors could likely prove their case at trial. A no-contest plea carries the same legal consequences as a guilty plea.

Norush was accused of displaying a badge, handgun and handcuffs and pretending to be a Washington state police officer while helping a friend who wanted to retrieve property stored at a Central Point location in May 2017.

Norush was sentenced to 11 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. He was also ordered to forfeit a gun and/or weapon and a badge, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

In September 2017, Norush wrote a letter to the court asking for his community service sentence to be converted to an $800 fine. He said in the letter he was working two full-time jobs and unable to complete the service hours. The letter said he had enclosed a money order for $800.

A judge approved the conversion of the community service to an $800 fine, court records show.

Correction: This story originally incorrectly reported that both counts were felonies.

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