The 1989 State Trooper of the Year has been ordered to pay $321 to the owners of three dogs killed by poison he left in the yard of his Darlington home.
Jerry Scarborough, who was fired by the state police last April, was charged with malicious destruction and two counts of cruelty to animals for leaving meat poisoned with antifreeze outside his home.
He was given probation before judgment March 11 in Harford County District Court. He was also ordered to serve six months' probation and pay a $100 fine.
Scarborough could have been sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined up to $700.
He was fired after refusing to cooperate with a state police internal affairs investigation about a dispute with a neighbor. Scarborough is appealing the firing.