Matthew Spurlock, one of the responding officers the night Laci Peterson was reported missing, has had his own legal troubles. Recently he pled guilty to spousal abuse, with theassault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, stalking and attempted rape charges having been dropped in exchange for the plea. At most Spurlock will serve 6 months in the county jail. ADA Carol Shipley said the offer she made was "partially based on the wishes of the victim." Spurlock will be sentenced February 23.
Spurlock was initially put on paid administrative leave after the incident on July 15,2010. His last day on the job was December 15, 2010, but Sgt. Rick Armendariz wouldn't disclose whether he quit or was fired.