Police Chief in Parker-Broderick Break-In Sentenced to Prison

Police Chief in Parker-Broderick Break-In Sentenced to Prison
Sarah Jessica Parker
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12/31/2009 AT 10:00 AM EST

The Ohio police chief found guilty of being involved in a a break-in at the home of the surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick has been sentenced to prison.

Barry Carpenter, 40, was received two years and eight months in prison from an Ohio judge on Wednesday, a sentence his attorney said he would appeal.

In announcing the sentence, the judge called prison time "a must," the Associated Press reports. Carpenter could have received up to six years in jail.

In November, Carpenter, 40, was found of receiving stolen property, theft in office, and tampering with evidence. He and another police chief were accused of breaking into the Ohio home of Parker and Broderick's surrogate, stealing items such as a poem, photos, legal documents about the surrogacy agreement, and pictures of ultrasounds, and offering them for sale to a freelance photographer. The photographer later told the surrogacy agency, which contacted police.

Carpenter was found not guilty of two counts of burglary and one count of unauthorized use of property or services.

Since his conviction, Carpenter's been under house arrest at his mother's house till his sentencing, wearing a GPS device that tracks him. He resigned from office two weeks ago.

Carpenter maintained he only went into the house because he noticed a door ajar, and didn't take anything. He said that he was merely joking with photographers when he offered the surrogate's things for sale.

The surrogate had been staying at a West Virginia hotel during the break-in, and noticed items missing and out of place when she returned home. Carpenter and his alleged accomplice, Bridgeport Police Chief Chad M. Dojack, 29, were arrested in July.

Parker, 44, said that the incident made her fear for the safety of her twin children, . Surrogate Michelle Ross, 26, gave birth to the twin girls on June 22.

Dojack will stand trial in January.

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