Detective accepts plea; quits force

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Under an agreement with the district attorney’s office, Shari Mills will enter a treatment program

By Carol A. Clark

Det. Shari Mills has tendered her resignation with the Los Alamos Police Department and accepted the district attorney’s offer to enter a treatment program.
Mills, 53, was on paid administrative leave since June  after becoming the prime suspect in an aggravated burglary case at the home of her ex-husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.
LAPD called in the state police to investigate the case while conducting an administrative investigation of their own.
“We have concluded our internal affairs investigation and just received a letter of resignation from Det. Mills,” Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “It’s up to the district attorney’s office whether criminal charges will be filed.”
District Attorney Angela Pacheco said Thursday that Det. Mills was facing felony charges of residential burglary and larceny.
“Det. Mills has been referred to a diversion program with consent of the victim Scott Mills,” Pacheco said. “She has to meet with our office for one year. She has a substance abuse issue and she has to get treatment for that issue.”
Ordinarily, individuals involved in burglaries and larcenies are not referred to the diversion program but this is a domestic issue, she said.

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