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He says he approached Mots as the lawyers gathered up their paperwork and people moved out of the courtroom.
"I told Tony, 'I want to tell you, you don't need to take this totally on your shoulders.' I told him we'd thrown out the drug stuff.... I think that meant something to him.
"I think about this trial everyday," he adds.
Mots, Stephen and current KCK Fire Chief John Paul Jones declined to comment for this article. Michael Shunk, the attorney for Mots and the Unified Government, told The Pitch that it was up to the Unified Government to comment. A Unified Government public affairs spokesman, Edwin Birch, says, "This was an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. The trial is over, and the jury has rendered the verdict."
Stephen still works for the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department in its Fire Suppression Division.
Mots, now 46, later got a promotion. He has been captain of Station 9 since March 2004.
Last week, the Unified Government filed an appeal.
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