Former Detective Matthews pleaded guilty to 2 counts of Grand Larceny today. He was sentenced to 3 to 9 years in State Prison and ordered to pay over $200,000.00 in restitution. Since he claims to have no assets, the arrangement has been made for his pension to be tapped for payment of restitution.
This marks the end of a very sad era in Kingston's history. To see such a promising career come to such an ignominious end is sad. Do not get me wrong, justice has been done. Yet, I cannot help but lament at the career that could have been but for him surrendering to the temptations that go with having a position of supervisory authority.
The next big legal matter to come forward shall be the investigation into the Kingston Fire Department. Will there be indictments? Will there be other defendants? These are the questions that need to be answered over the next few months.
Perhaps the only positive in all of this is that Kingston's City Hall and its government are being overhauled and cleared of corruption. It is indeed long overdue. I would have liked to have been the Mayor leading the way, but I am happy to follow Mayor Gallo on this one, so long as the goal is accomplished.