Plaquemine officer accused of kidnapping, assaulting estranged wife _lowres

Justin Bush

A police officer who was arrested for kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife was sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest Tuesday to second-degree battery and malfeasance in office.

The wife of Justin Bush, who had worked with the Plaquemine Police Department nearly six years before he was fired, took the stand in state district court Tuesday asking prosecutors to drop the charges against her husband but was refused by assistant district attorneys with the 18th Judicial District.

“He then pleaded no contest to both charges and was sentenced to five years on each,” said Assistant District Attorney Scott Stassi.

The judge suspended Bush’s prison sentence and ordered him to serve five years of supervised probation, Stassi said.

A “no contest” plea has the same effect as a guilty plea in criminal court but would not be an admission of guilt in civil court.

Bush, 59125 Belleview Road, Apt. 205, has been in the parish jail since his arrest in January after his wife told authorities Bush forced his way into her car and threatened her with a knife and gun while she was visiting a local club with a male friend.

Authorities previously reported the couple had been in a rocky marriage on an on-again, off-again basis for some time.

“It’s a sad day when an law enforcement officer enters a plea to a crime. We are all held accountable for our actions whether we are law enforcement officers or citizens,” Stassi said in a prepared statement Tuesday afternoon.