West Virginia State Police whistleblower released from jail after plea agreement, attorneys say – WCHS

West Virginia State Police whistleblower released from jail after plea agreement, attorneys say – WCHS

The former West Virginia State Police trooper and self-admitted whistleblower reached a plea deal with prosecutors Friday that saw him released from jail, his attorneys said.

Joseph Comer pleaded no contest to domestic battery and guilty to violating a protective order in the case, according to his attorney David Moye.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a strangulation charge. Comer was credited with time served in the case and was released from jail Friday.

He will also be required to complete an anger management program. Moye said the domestic battery charge will be dismissed if Comer passes all drug tests and is not arrested for any crimes.

Prosecutors originally accused Comer of assaulting Vicki Marra, during a custody exchange. The protection order was initially dismissed after Marra recanted her testimony.

Comer’s bond was revoked in September after prosecutors said he violated his bond by communicating with Marra prior to the bond being revoked. He turned himself in shortly after and has remained in jail since.

Comer and his attorney have insisted he is the victim of a smear campaign by former West Virginia State Police administrators after being suspected of being the whistleblower who came forward regarding alleged instances of criminal activity within the agency.

The allegations included theft, fraud and the cover-up of a video camera placed inside the West Virginia State Police Academy women’s locker room and destruction of the recordings.

West Virginia State Police also filed a letter to terminate Comer’s employment with the agency in September.

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