Paw Paw gym owner gets probation thanks to testimony against acops.

A Paw Paw gym owner who pleaded guilty in June to a felony drug charge in connection with a steroids probe has been sentenced to probation and community service, authorities said.

Aaron J. Diprima, 33, who was charged with one count of possession of an analogue, was sentenced Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service and court costs, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein said. Klein said Diprima was sentenced under section 7411 of the Michigan Public Health Code and that if he successfully completes the terms of his probation, the drug charge will be removed from his record.

As part of his plea agreement in June, Diprima agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify truthfully against co-defendant Robert P. Kusmack, 33, a former Paw Paw police officer. Diprima, according to his Facebook page, is owner of some of the Strength Beyond gyms in the area.

Kusmack, who was terminated May 19 from his job with the Paw Paw Department, is charged with possession of Fluoxymesterone, a two-year felony.

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