INDIANAPOLIS — Donald L. Jordan, the former Anderson Police Department officer who pleaded guilty to selling drugs while on duty and in uniform, was allowed to return home Monday.
But it's not clear how many free days Jordan has left before he must surrender to Federal Bureau of Prisons authorities.
U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence sentenced Jordan to eight months in prison and three years of supervised probation. He also must pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.
A 23-year veteran of Anderson police was charged in February by a federal grand jury with one count of possession with intent to distribute Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled drug. He also was charged with intent to distribute hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled drug.
Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and depression; hydrocodone, an opiate, is a prescription pain killer.
Jordan, 53, was arrested last December following a year-long investigation after he sold drugs to confidential informant and undercover FBI agent while on duty and wearing his police uniform.
Addressing the court Monday, the Anderson native and Madison Heights High School graduate expressed regret for his actions.
"I am embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I've hurt my children and hurt my career," he told Lawrence. "I have a lot of people that look up to me, and I've let them all down."
In his own remarks, Lawrence noted Jordan served honorably in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a cop, accepted responsibility for his actions, and received letters of support from prosecutors and other law enforcement officials.
"I appreciate how all these people stepped up," Lawrence said.
He also sharply rebuked Jordan, however, for eroding the image of police "by your decision to sell drugs."
And as Jordan's attorney, William H. Dazey Jr., talked about the good work Jordon did during his law enforcement career, Lawrence asked:
"What possessed him to say 'he is a better criminal than he is a cop?' and "sell drugs while he's in uniform and on duty."
Dazey chalked those "regrettable" comments recorded during one of the drug buys as an effort by Jordan to seem like a big shot.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia J. Ridgeway, who prosecuted the case, argued for more prison time, saying Jordon traded drugs for sexual favors, had ready suppliers and admitted selling drugs on at least one other occasion.
Jordan retired from the police department shortly after his arrest.
In 2006, he received APD's Meritorious Service Award for saving the life of a man who had attempted suicide by setting himself on fire with gasoline.
In 2014, Jordan and another officer, John Branson, were injured when an Anderson man attempted to escape from police by crashing his car out of a garage.
Jordan was also a security officer for Anderson Community Schools.
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