• Former officer who lied about Purple Heart receives 10 years probation

    By: Nefertiti Jaquez


    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - A former officer who lied about being awarded a Purple Heart may not spend any time in jail. 

    A judge sentenced Shane Ladner to 10 years’ probation and a total of 600 hours of community service.  

    A jury found Ladner guilty on six of the seven counts he faced, deciding he lied at the county tax commissioner's office when he obtained a Purple Heart license plate and to sheriff's detectives who investigated his claim that he had been awarded the medal.


    Ladner said he was wounded at the age of 19 in Central America and that he woke up in the hospital with a Purple Heart pinned to his pillow, but prosecutors called some of Ladner's former superior officers to the witness stand who testified it never happened.

    His wife, Meg Ladner, lost a leg during a wounded veterans parade in Texas a few years back and it was shortly after that when questions surfaced about her husband's Purple Heart.

    Ladner also has to pay the state back $6,082.92 in restitution.

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