Officer convicted in boating death to be paroled
by Geoff Folsom
July 28, 2012 12:54 AM | 7439 views | 34 34 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A former Cobb County SWAT team member will be paroled after serving 18 months in prison after being convicted in the drowning death of a fellow officer.

Kenneth Paul Reda, 40, of Acworth, will be released Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in January 2011 to second-degree homicide by vessel, three counts of making false statements, violation of oath of officer by a public officer and tampering with evidence in connection to the April 22, 2010, death of Brent Stephens of Douglasville.

Reda was given a 15-year sentence, with four to be served in prison.

Reda was driving his 22-foot fishing boat on Lake Allatoona with Shelly Powell of Acworth and Stephens, police said. The boat hit a buoy, which sent Stephens overboard as the three were travelling to Harbor Town Marina, off Galts Ferry Road in Acworth, after eating dinner at Props ’n Hops restaurant on Victoria Landing Drive in Woodstock, according to police.

Police said Reda called 911 roughly 90 minutes after hitting the buoy, after dropping Powell off. He initially told a 911 operator that Stephens had jumped off the boat, and that it had just been him and Stephens on the boat. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, he told authorities that Powell was there to meet Stephens, even though it was Reda who was romantically involved with her.

Reda and Powell were arrested six days later.

In February 2011, Powell was convicted in Cherokee County Superior Court of making false statements to police and hiding evidence. She was sentenced to eight years’ probation.
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so sad
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November 15, 2013
I was in group therapy with a family member. It's a group no one wants to join. So if you have not lost a close family member you have no idea of the loss. We expect to bury our parents which is so hard. NEVER EVER do we expect to bury a young spouse. SO SAD FOR HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN.

Commander K
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August 02, 2012
Cost of a lawyer to defend my son of these trumped up charges = $250K

Cost of paying his debts while falsely

imprisoned for the last 18 months = $100K

Having to stand in the line for government cheese and lease myself out as a cougar to

survive = priceless.

Any takers,

His Mother
tbs0697
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August 05, 2012
Charges not trumped up. Charges weren't enough! Not falsely imprisoned. Not long enough!

His wife could have gone to work! Is she not able?

I took,took, and took!

His mother
Hamlet2
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August 07, 2012
I bet he always knew he could count on you to take his side, that his wrongs were always due to another, even yours at times. He always knew that even in the face of all facts begging you to do stand up and defend the wronged that you'd be there defending him. All you have lost is some money, not your husband, not your hero father, not your beloved son. What does that equal to you?

You can now all put it all, such as it is, back together again but don't be mystified by the anger. That is just the sound of broken hearts and love when it meets injustice.

Settling and seeking comfort, not a foreign sound to all ears.
SuomynonA
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August 07, 2012
Touche'.

Broken hearts abound while others rejoice in excitement and praise of the err of human way that cost another's life.

Hamlet and 0697's Mother couldn't be more correct.
Give a cop a break
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August 01, 2012
If Obama had a son.... Woops wrong color
commander k
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August 02, 2012
Officer Reda was probably a republican before his minor lapse of judgement. Now that he has over paid his debt to society, hopefully he will become a good democrat like the rest of his family now that he has seen the light and experienced what it is like to be framed by the "man".

Regards

His Mother
CommanderL
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August 02, 2012
It was all so much better when he was the "man" doing the framing, wasn't it? Almost got away with it again if not for the darn girlfriend's screams being heard and the family of his dead best friend pressing.

anonymous
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July 31, 2012
"Got this guy and put him away...but the everyday thugs who are and will always be thugs are still on the street terrorizing their neighborhoods.

The cops don't mess with them because the cops know that the real thugs are very dangerous. It is much easier (and safer) for the cops to pursue normal typically law abiding citizens who make dumb mistakes. Let the illegals and thugs do what they want."

So which precinct do you work at? I work for zone 2, arguably the roughest precinct in the county. If you really want to know what we do, then take the test. My guess is you cannot pass the background check.

Our backs were tied by the feds on illegal aliens, check the new laws yourself. Ticket writing, to which you implied, comprises maybe 5% of our shift, unless you are on STEP. The rest of the time, we are answering calls from citizens and arresting the very thugs you say we are scared of.
anonymous
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July 31, 2012
Yea, She must have loved being with scum.

Anyway, he is on his way to hell !!
Hot Sauce
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July 31, 2012
Wonder if the girlfriend picked him up?
Commander K
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August 01, 2012
Sir, Mr. Reda is a fine outstanding police officer. How dare you soil his reputation with a comment like this. He is married and has children. He would never risk losing everything over a woman and beer. Please do not post or say anything bad about officer Reda ever again.

Thank you,

His Mother
CommanderL
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August 02, 2012
LOL, I think you left out WAS a fine outstanding police officer until he was no longer fully protected by the blue wall of silence.
Big Toe
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July 31, 2012
He should be in fantastic shape coming out of the County Club. Go get em officer!!!
tbs0697
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August 05, 2012
Actually I heard hes lost 50-60 lbs!

anonymous
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July 29, 2012
Pretty light punishment for acts which would put a normal person in prison for 10 years or more.

Some animals are more equal than others.
anon4
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July 31, 2012
I disagree. He was not a career criminal aka thug. He was a man who made a very poor choice that ended in tragedy in the death of his friend. 18 months isn't unreasonable under the circumstances...because he will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life. To be paroled anyway he would have had to show the board that he was worthy of parole. He is not a heartless criminal bound to go back out and repeat his crimes.
Just Wait
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July 29, 2012
It was wrong that Reda was only sentenced to 4 years for killing his friend and fellow officer. Now it is being compounded by his early release.
anonymous
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July 30, 2012
You know, this guy did NOT kill is buddy--best friend from what is reported. His buddy was also a cop and was out there on that boat and they both knew what was going on. They were both out there acting dumb one Sunday night. I just can not accept that Reda "killed" his buddy. "Lying" to the cops is the crux of his problems (note: it is not illegal for cops to lie to citizens).

Our system these days is such that know one can die without someone else doing some time. It's the police state/prison industry life-time employment program.

anonymous
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July 30, 2012
@anonymous

"You know, this guy did NOT kill is buddy"

he knowingly left him there to die, how is that "not killing" him?
anonymous
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July 30, 2012
Hey anonymous 2, So the only thing that REDA could have concluded at the time was that his buddy was dying since he was no longer on the boat?

R u a rocket surgeon or a democrat?
Extremely sad
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July 29, 2012
I am saddened for the family of the man who drowned. 18 months of 4 years is nothing. I surely hope he does not get his job back as a police officer!
Bologna
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July 28, 2012
Seriously, this is all he has to serve? There is something really, really wrong here.
anonymous
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July 28, 2012
Got this guy and put him away...but the everyday thugs who are and will always be thugs are still on the street terrorizing their neighborhoods.

The cops don't mess with them because the cops know that the real thugs are very dangerous. It is much easier (and safer) for the cops to pursue normal typically law abiding citizens who make dumb mistakes. Let the illegals and thugs do what they want.

Law enforcement these days is becoming all about keeping middle Americans in check.
iMad2
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July 30, 2012
I would say a police officer and adulturer, with his girlfriend at his side, who while drunk leaves his best friend to die after launching him out of a boat, slanders him, destroys evidence, lies to the cops and then claims to have done it all to save his marriage is a special kind of thug.

He wore a uniform and had the trust of his community and his best friend, he wore a wedding band and had the trust of his wife and family. Even thugs have a better sense of honor than this man. He's a disgrace, no matter who he continues and has yet to fool, no matter how much he tweets about God.
anonymous
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July 30, 2012
iMad2, sounds like forgiveness is not something you are big on. I am sorry about that. Sounds like you may also be one of those rare people who always walks the perfect path.

Peace.
lap2012
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July 31, 2012
I concur with this comment "Law enforcement these days is becoming all about keeping middle Americans in check." It's not about crime and punishment, it's about bringing in money in the form of fines.

iMad2
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July 31, 2012
Far, far from perfect but I have a special anger for those who abuse the trust of their community, friends and loved ones. I pray for all those who have been and will be the victim of a man who didn't first lose his honor that night. And that is from experience.
anonymous
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July 28, 2012
I do not know the Stephens family but I feel sad for them even after 18 months.

On the other side Kenneth Reda did NOT serve even half the prison sentence. 18 measley months for

lying under oath about what happened, how it happened, when it happened, who he was with, and blaming the other lady being that was there on Brent Stephens. Brent Stephens died and then became a victim of slander, all from his so called BEST FRIEND. Not acceptable! Parole at 18 months sickening! What's next, Reda gets his old

job back. I guess Reda throws a big party with his new best friends.
JustAnotherSpectator
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August 04, 2012
He has new friends??????

His "MOTHER" puts on this article comment section that she's sold herself out as a cougar to survive?? Why, "MOTHER" would YOU have paid his legal fees, he's an adult, when he had money saved and pension and all of the things that he was afraid to lose stacked up in the banks?? Why "MOTHER" would you pay his bills while he was in jail - the charges were OBVIOUSLY not "trumped up".

Is his wife immune to WORK??

I feel sure it's been no picnic for the widow of the man he left in the water as if he'd never known he was there, or known him at all, to pay her bills and feed their children also. She surely can't say to them "daddy will be home next week". Ever.

You should be ashamed "MOTHER"...that was all tacky.

If he's out, let the chips fall where they may, let him walk the walk and spend the rest of his days convincing himself that he COULD HAVE saved Brent Stephen's life...but, his "self preservation" kicked in and he just couldn't think of Brent.

Tweeting?? He's already tweeting about his great life and penance?? PLEASE.
tbs0697
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August 05, 2012
He does not get his old job back thank goodness. If anything good has come out of my sons death it is the face that maybe it saved some other families from going thru what we did, He could have done this on a Swat Call Out, then how many could have died.

Brents mother

SuomynonA
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August 05, 2012
He'll NEVER get THAT job back...or any other LEO job. He may have plead under first offender, but, he has to complete his ENTIRE SENTENCE *FIRST* for that first offender to *remove* it from his *record*. EVEN THEN, it will REMAIN in his POST record FOREVER. Either way, by then, he'll be too old to qualify for any LEO position.

It's a sad day in Whoville, for sure.
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