ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former federal prosecutor was sentenced to two years' probation Thursday for withholding information that exploding tear gas canisters were used during the Branch Davidian siege.
U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw also ordered Bill Johnston to perform 200 hours of community service.
"Maybe you need to talk to some high school students," Shaw said. "Maybe you can help somebody not to make a similar mistake."
Johnston, standing before the judge, said: "Whatever my reason, it was wrong. It will never be right to withhold something in fear or panic or whatever reason."
Johnston was convicted of withholding information about the use of pyrotechnic tear gas on April 19, 1993, the day the compound burned. Davidian leader David Koresh and some 80 followers died inside.
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