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Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison


Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday and fined $ 20,000 for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald referred to as a criminal corruption crime spree at the time of Blagojevich's arrest three years ago.

Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges including trying to trade President Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for money or favors. He will have to serve a minimum of nearly 12 years under federal rules that say defendants must complete 85% of their sentences. He doesn't have to report to federal prison until Feb. 16.

The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge James Zagel is more than double the prison term given in 2006 to another former Illinois governor, George Ryan, who is serving a 6 ½-year sentence in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

Patti Blagojevich buried her head in her husband's shoulder and the two embraced after the sentence was announced. He pulled back to brush tears off her cheek and then rubbed her shoulders.

As he left the Chicago courthouse, Blagojevich told reporters that "we're going to keep fighting on through this adversity. … This is a time to be strong." He said that he and Patti had to get home "to their babies" and explain "what all this means."

At a news conference, Fitzgerald said the sentence handed to Blagojevich ought to send a message. "If there is a public official out there who is thinking about committing a crime, they ought to be thinking twice," he said. "If a 14-year sentence doesn't stop someone, I wouldn't want to be sitting in front of a judge after that."

Before pronouncing sentence, Zagel told Blagojevich he had abused the public trust. "When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired," the judge said.

He added that Blagojevich was clearly responsible for his crimes, not his underlings, as the former governor had argued. "He marched them and ruined a few of their careers and more than that in! the pro cess," Zagel said.

Though Zagel said he was sympathetic to how the sentence would affect Blagojevich's two daughters, he asked, "Why did devotion as a father not deter him? ... Now it is too late."

The judge announced the sentence after a somber Blagojevich, his voice cracking with emotion, pleaded for leniency with a round of apologies to the judge, to the jurors who convicted him, to the public and to his family.

"I'm here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it, and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it," Blagojevich said.

"I want to apologize to the people of Illinois, to the court, for the mistakes I have made.... I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines."

Blagojevich said he thought he was acting in accord with the law when he did things for which he later was convicted.

"I was mistaken. The jury convicted me, and they convicted me because those were my actions.… I am responsible. I caused it all. I'm not blaming anybody. I was the governor, and I should have known better. And I am just so incredibly sorry."

In a more than half-hour monologue, nearly twice as long as Blagojevich spoke, Zagel told him he believed he had finally come to accept responsibility for his actions but that did not significantly lessen the damage he had done to his family and to the public trust in government.

"His abuse of the office of governor is more damaging than any other office in the United States except president," Zagel said.

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Sandusky Arrested on Charges Involving Two New Accusers - New York Times

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged last month with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys, was arrested Wednesday on new sexual abuse charges involving two additional accusers. The two testified before a grand jury that they were molested or raped by Sandusky over a period of years, the authorities said.

Wearing a Penn State windbreaker, Sandusky, 67, was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pa., after his arraignment, because he was unable to pay the $ 250,000 cash bail. If Sandusky can post bail, he will have to wear an electronic ankle monitor and be subject to house arrest. He is not allowed to make contact with the accusers or witnesses and cannot have unsupervised contact with minors.

The new charges widen the Pennsylvania attorney general's case against Sandusky, who now faces more than 50 counts of child sexual abuse, in advance of next Tuesday's preliminary hearing in Bellefonte. Among the new counts, Sandusky was charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $ 25,000 in fines.

Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, did not return a message left on his cellphone.

Both of the new accusers told a grand jury that they, like the eight other accusers in the case, met Sandusky through the Second Mile charity he founded in 1977. The organization, which has been making preparations to fold, announced Wednesday that it would reduce its staff after losing "significant financial support."

The attorney general, Linda Kelly, said the new accusers' contact with Sandusky "allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' " that included gifts and outings to Penn State football games and then escalated to physical contact and sexual assaults. Both accusers came forward after Sandusky was arrested Nov. 5.

One of the new accusers, identified as Victim 9, testified that he met Sandusky around 2004, when he was 11 or 12. He testified that Sandusky sexually assaulted him numerous times over a period of years in a bedroom in the basement of Sandusky's home.

Victim 9, now 18, told a grand jury that Sandusky told him to stay in the basement during his overnight visits to the home and that he rarely saw Sandusky's wife, Dorothy. He said that he ate meals brought to him in the basement by Sandusky, who also took him to Penn State football games, hugged and tickled him and told the alleged victim he loved him.

The accuser testified that Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex on him on numerous occasions. The reported victim also said that Sandusky tried to rape him on at least 16 occasions, and at times, Sandusky anally penetrated him. According to the grand jury report, "the victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him."

Sandusky allegedly told the boy not to tell anyone about what had happened between them.

The other accuser, identified as Victim 10, told the grand jury that he met Sandusky in 1997, when he was 10. He testified that he had several meals at the Sanduskys' home, attended the family's tailgate parties and played football at Penn State's Holuba Hall, the football team's indoor practice facility.

The accuser said he never spent the night at Sandusky's home, but that he and Sandusky wrestled in the basement during his visits there. The accuser testified that, during one such wrestling session, Sandusky pulled down the boy's gym shorts and performed oral sex on him, which then happened repeatedly. He testified that he performed oral sex on Sandusky toward the end of their relationship. The accuser also said that Sandusky touched his genitals while they were in an outdoor pool on Penn State's campus.

Victim 10 testified that he stopped spending time with Sandusky after an incident in Sandusky's car in which Sandusky allegedly asked the boy to perform oral sex on him. Sandusky allegedly became displeased after the boy declined the request, and the boy told his foster mother than he did not want to spend any more time with Sandusky.

In connection with the case, four prominent Penn State employees, including the longtime football coach Joe Paterno and the university president, Graham B. Spanier, have lost or stepped away from their jobs. Penn State has announced that it would donate $ 1.5 million from its appearance in the TicketCity Bowl to two groups that work with sex-crime victims.

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FBI Tries To Reassure Muslims It's Taking Training Material Issue Seriously - TPMMuckraker

FBI representatives met once again with Muslim and Arab-American leaders at Bureau headquarters on Monday to update them on the progress they have made to rid their counterterrorism training programs of anti-Muslim material.

One participant described the meeting, organized by FBI's Community Relations Division, as "lengthy and positive."

"They have concrete plans in place, and if they do move forward with them and they do set out and do what they said they'll do, it will be a positive," Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee told TPM of the meeting. "They are listening to the community's concerns, they understand the points raised by community groups."

FBI spokesman Christopher Allen said in a statement that the FBI "understands the importance of having strong relationships with Muslim and Arab-American communities and invests significant time and energy in developing and maintaining those relationships."

When it comes to the counterterrorism training issue, the Bureau "has reached out to community advocates and leadership to provide background on how these events came to pass and the corrective actions that are being taken," Allen said. "This has taken place in Washington DC and in field offices around the country. The meeting you reference is just one example."

One topic that wasn't addressed at the meeting on Monday but is sure to come up in the future is the allegation that the FBI used the guise of community outreach to gather information on some Arab-American leaders. The FBI has said that the material in question is comprised of internal reports which are separate and distinct from investigative files.

But the American Civil Liberties Union, which revealed the materials the FBI collected in the course of its outreach efforts, is pushing back.

"The concerns we had with using community outreach as a guise for intelligence collection doesn't change if it's a guise for criminal investigation or any other kind of investigation," the ACLU's Mike German, a former FBI agent, told TPM. "The concern is that there's a deception and a breach of the good will involved in community outreach. It basically undermines the whole purpose of community outreach and betrays the trust."

German said that it is difficult to tell if many of the memos they received through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are investigative or just internal reports, but said many of the memos were directed at investigative units of the Bureau.

"It's clear that people attending community outreach events — their discussions, who they're sitting next to and what they're saying — is being documented," German said.

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Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison - msnbc.com

John Gress / Reuters

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his Chicago home for the second day of his sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

By NBC News and the Associated Press

CHICAGO - Update, 1:30 p.m. ET: Judge sentences ousted Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison for corruption.

Update, 1:25 p.m. ET: Judge Zagel says he is considering issuing a 12.5 to 15.5-year jail sentence, NBC reports.

Update, 1:20 p.m. ET: Judge Zagel says "Blagojevich's staff did not march him down this criminal path. He marched them." He also says Blago's acceptance of responsibility will mean he will reduce his sentence, NBC News in Chicago reports. Sentence has not yet been handed down.

Update, 1 p.m. ET: The court has been called back into session, NBC reports. Judge James Zagel has asked the defendant to rise so he can announce the sentence.

Update, 12:45 p.m. ET: Before the court took 20-minute recess, Blagojevich told the judge, "I have nobody to blame but myself," reports NBC News. "I'm not blaming anybody. I realize I was mistaken. I realize the things that I thought were permissible were not."

Blagojevich also expressed remorse over the damage he's caused to his children. 

My "kids have to face the fact that their father is a convicted felon," he said. "And it's not like their name is Smith. They can't hide."

Update, 12:20 p.m. ET: Rod Blagojevich has told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he acknowledges his crimes and is "unbelievably sorry." He says the mistakes he's made have been "terrible mistakes."

The impeached Illinois governor spoke Wednesday as he waits to learn his punishment on charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. 

Blagojevich's attorneys admitted for the first time Tuesday that he is guilty of corruption and accepts the verdicts against him, but said the sentence of 15 to 20 years prosecutors want is too harsh.

Original story (published at 12:02 p.m. ET): 

CHICAGO - After all his claims of innocence and facing years in prison, Rod Blagojevich let his lawyers make an admission that he has so far avoided — that he is, in fact, guilty of public corruption.

The former Illinois governor will get a chance to do the same Wednesday, when he is scheduled to address the judge who will decide his sentence.

Judge James Zagel signaled Tuesday he may be prepared to impose a stiff prison sentence, saying he thinks Blagojevich lied when he told jurors he never tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job.

Throughout the first day of his two-day sentencing hearing, the impeached executive-turned-reality TV star known for his jocular personality was somber and ill-at-ease, staring down at the floor. His wife sobbed as a letter from their daughter was read begging Zagel not to send Blagojevich to prison.

The hearing was a stark contrast to the circus atmosphere around Blagojevich's trials on multiple counts of corruption.

The conciliatory tone came as something of a surprise — just days after defense filings that, as many times before, stridently declared Blagojevich's innocence and said he had been duped by aides but never intended to cross any lines into illegality.

Attorney Sheldon Sorosky told Zagel it was illegal for Blagojevich to ask for a job for himself in exchange for naming Obama's replacement in the Senate.

"There's no doubt this is a crime to do this in relation to the Senate seat, we accept that," he said. "I am just saying that does not call for a 15- to 20-year jail" term as prosecutors have requested.

Sorosky made the same argument when he talked about the other crimes for which Blagojevich was convicted: shaking down a racetrack executive and a hospital executive, as well as lying to the FBI.

At Tuesday's hearing, Blagojevich ringed his hands and pulled nervously at his fingers, pausing occasionally to sip on a plastic bottle of Cherry Coke. Legal experts believe Blagojevich needs to express remorse for his actions when addressing the judge Wednesday.

Zagel, who has said he'll pronounce a sentence Wednesday, said early on during Tuesday's hearing that Blagojevich was clearly the ringleader of the schemes for which he was convicted and that he lied about his actions on the witness stand. The judge made it clear he did not believe a suggestion made by defense attorneys that Blagojevich was duped by aides and advisers.

"There is no question from his tone of voice that he was demanding," Zagel said of Blagojevich's comments on phone conversations secretly recorded by the FBI. "His role as leader is clearly shown by his actions."

And in a harsh assessment of Blagojevich's performance on the witness stand, Zagel said the former governor was lying when he testified that he planned to appoint the state's attorney general to Obama's seat in a political deal that is legal.

"I think this is untrue," Zagel said. "I thought it was untrue when he said it and I think it is still untrue."

Defense to judge: Think of his family
Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein pleaded with the judge not to impose a lengthy prison sentence — not for Blagojevich's sake, but for that of his family. In an emotional few minutes before proceedings ended for the day, Goldstein said locking Blagojevich up for a long time would devastate his wife and two daughters.

When Goldstein began reading a letter to the judge from Blagojevich's older daughter, 15-year-old Amy, the former governor suddenly seemed to fight to maintain his composure, fidgeting with a pen, biting on his lip. An attorney turned to gently pat his shoulder.

Amy wrote that she needs her father for all the things that will happen in her life — graduation from high school, applying to college and when her heart gets broken. In another letter, Blagojevich's wife, Patti, asked Zagel to "please be merciful" and said the punishment her husband fears the most is not seeing his daughters grow up.

Zagel seemed engaged in what Goldstein was saying as he described Blagojevich as a father. Patti Blagojevich began sobbing, tears streaming down her cheeks, then dabbing her reddened face with a tissue. She closed her eyes tight, tears still rolling down her face, when Goldstein played a tape recording of a giddy Blagojevich calling his younger daughter, who is now 8, and putting on a high baby-like voice, saying "Hey Annie!"

A second defense attorney told the judge that Illinois history of political corruption shouldn't count against Blagojevich. Carolyn Gurland said it would be unfair to Blagojevich for Zagel to impose a tougher sentence because other Illinois politicians, including former Gov. George Ryan and U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, have been sent to prison for corruption.

"The law is clear that he should not be punished because of the history of corruption in Illinois," she said.

If Blagojevich gets the 15 to 20 years in prison, she said, he would become the most severely punished public official in state history.

Prosecutors say the twice-elected governor not only shirked all responsibility for his crimes but repeatedly thumbed his nose at the U.S. justice system. Blagojevich's attorneys have said he has already paid a price in public ridicule and financial ruin, and propose a term of just a few years.

Gurland also argued that Zagel should take into account the fact that Blagojevich did not "receive a single penny" in ill-gotten gains, unlike other politicians convicted of public corruption.

"Rod Blagojevich received nothing," she said, adding that Blagojevich was doing what politicians do by seeking campaign contributions and not "money stuffed into envelopes."

Blagojevich and his wife knew they were setting themselves up for ridicule by appearing on reality television shows, she said, but they did so to provide for their children. Blagojevich appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice," where he struggled to use a cellphone, and his wife ate a tarantula on the reality show, "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"

Blagojevich's sentencing comes just days before his 55th birthday and three years to the week of his Dec. 9, 2008, arrest. The jury deadlocked in his first trial, agreeing on just one of 24 counts — that Blagojevich lied to the FBI. Jurors at his retrial convicted him on 17 of 20 counts, including bribery.

Among the court attendees Tuesday were more than a dozen jurors from both of Blagojevich's trials, including both foremen.

After sentencing, Zagel will likely give Blagojevich weeks before he must report to prison. Once there, the man heard scoffing on FBI wiretaps about earning a low six-figure salary would have to take a prison job — possibly scrubbing toilets — at just 12 cents an hour. 

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FBI hopes dye pack leads to Geezer Bandit arrest


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Investigators hope a bank robbery in San Luis Obispo on Friday will lead to the arrest of the Geezer Bandit, responsible for 16 heists, most in San Diego County.

For the first time in the nearly 2 1/2-year string of Geezer Bandit robberies, a dye pack stuffed next to the money exploded soon after the robber made his escape from a Bank of America branch in San Luis Obispo.

Such explosions leave the money soaked in red dye and can also burn the hands or face of the robber or leave dye marks that are difficult to wash off.

The suspect in the San Luis Obispo robbery fits the description of the gun-waving man who appears to be in his 60s or 70s and is known as the Geezer Bandit.

If the robber is actually a younger man wearing a theatrical mask, the mask could also have burn marks or dye coloring, said officials, who hope the red-colored money or burn marks lead to a tip about the robber's identity and whereabouts.

A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to a Geezer Bandit arrest. The string began with a robbery in the San Diego suburb of Santee in August 2009.

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Photo: A surveillance camera catches the Geezer Bandit at a bank robbery. Credit: FBI

Man who allegedly used bus as bank robbery getaway vehicle held on $250,000 bond


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An unmarked police car sits outside the TCF Bank branch Monday on Briarwood Circle in Ann Arbor. Police say Lorenzo Patterson allegedly robbed the bank and was apprehended in Ypsilanti after fleeing on an AATA bus.

Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com

The man who was arrested because he allegedly robbed the TCF Bank near Briarwood Mall and then caught a bus in an attempt to elude police was charged with bank robbery Tuesday.

Lorenzo Patterson, 30, of Ypsilanti, is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail after being arraigned on one count of bank robbery. He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond, according to jail records.

Ann Arbor police said Monday Patterson walked into the TCF Bank at 125 Briarwood Circle and demanded money from the teller at the window. Police said there was no weapon ever seen or implied during the incident and no note was given to the teller.

According to police, the teller gave Patterson an undisclosed amount of money and he left the bank on foot before getting on an eastbound Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus. Police allege Patterson was returning to his Ypsilanti home.

It is Ann Arbor police policy to not release the amount of money taken during bank robberies. Police said all of the money taken from the bank was recovered.

Patterson allegedly took the bus into Ypsilanti where he was confronted by officers from the Ypsilanti Police Department, according to Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton.

He then ran from police for a short time before ultimately surrendering on Hawkins Street between Hill and Franklin streets, Fulton said.

Mary Stasiak, a spokeswoman for the AATA, said Monday it’s not unusual for police to notify the service that they are looking for suspects or possible runaways in the area.

She was not sure exactly how Monday’s incident played out, whether the driver of the bus headed into Ypsilanti recognized the suspect and alerted police or if police knew which bus he was on, but she said bus drivers are given training on how to communicate with police.

Patterson is scheduled to have a preliminary exam at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the 14A-1 District Court, 4133 Washtenaw Ave. A request for his mugshot has been submitted to Washtenaw County authorities.

Blinded UBC student shocked to hear of husband's death


Rumana Monzur is pushed to a car in a wheelchair by her father, Monzur Hossain, after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)Rumana Monzur speaks to reporters after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday July 5, 2011. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)Blinded UBC student Rumana Monzur speaks to CTV News from campus on Oct. 11, 2011. (CTV)

Date: Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 3:20 PM ET

VANCOUVER — A University of British Columbia graduate student who was blinded in a vicious attack says she's shocked to learn her husband was found dead in a Bangladeshi prison.

Rumana Monzur says in a statement the past six months have been very difficult for her, and the latest twist has not made her situation any easier.

Media reports from Bangladesh say Hasan Sayeed Sumon's body was found lying on a blanket in the bathroom of his prison cell, where he was being held on the charge of attempted murder.

Doctors initially said he died of cardiac failure, but later reports said he had marks from rope or handcuffs around his wrists and reddish marks on both sides of the neck.

Heather Amos, a UBC spokeswoman, says Monzur is on leave for the semester as she continues her recovery from the early June assault, where her eyes were gouged out and parts of her face bitten.

Doctors in Vancouver were unsuccessful in attempts to repair the 33-year-old mother's eyesight, and more than $86,000 has been raised by the community to support her.

Dozens arrested as police clear Occupy camp in San Francisco and dismantle 100 ... - Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO — About two dozen police officers remained at the scene early Wednesday morning of the Occupy encampment in San Francisco, hours after authorities kicked out the protesters, took down about 100 tents and arrested 70 people as the camp was dismantled.

Police lined up to block access on Market Street while trash crews rake up paper and plastic bottles and remove chairs and other belongings that accumulated at the camp over the past two months.

Dozens of police cars, fire engines and ambulances surrounded the campsite at Justin Herman Plaza and blocked off the area during the raid. The effort involved more than 100 officers and began shortly after 1 a.m., said officer Albie Esparza. Police gave campers a few minutes warning to pack up and leave and then swept in, he said.

Police did not immediately have an estimate of how many people were in the plaza at the time.

"Most of the protesters went peacefully," but one officer received minor injuries when two people threw a chair that cracked his face shield, Esparza said. They were arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Dozens of others were arrested for illegal lodging in the plaza and failure to disperse. In all, 70 people were taken into custody.

Kris Sullivan, 31, from Akron, Ohio, said many campers were sleeping and were taken by surprise. Sullivan, who said he had been at the camp for about two months, got his tent out but lost his pillow, mattress, blanket and another tent.

"They didn't even give much time for anyone to get out. They handled it really badly. They could have given us a warning or some sort of eviction notice," he said.

Radio reports said protesters could be heard chanting as they were taken away on a bus.

Police remained at the site after protesters briefly blocked a major thoroughfare near the site. Work crews were busy clearing debris form the tent city, which was set up in mid-October to protest bank bailouts and economic injustice.

Gene Doherty, 47, an Occupy protester who was not at the site during the raid but watched it on a live streaming website, said the Occupy protesters planned a noon rally at the site and still had several "mobile occupations" throughout the city.

"We will come back and reoccupy," Doherty said. "A large segment of our community has no other options. They don't have a home to go back to; this was their home."

Protesters will continue to "send a message that this is our right to protest, our right to assemble, and to talk about the economic injustices in the world," he said.

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Four Convicted In Tulsa Police Corruption Trial Sentenced Tuesday

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Three former Tulsa officers and a former ATF agent were sentenced Tuesday in the Tulsa Police corruption trial. The federal investigation began more than two years ago.

The judge said this has left a stain on the Tulsa police department that will last at least a generation. He said the law must apply to all people equally.

Jeff Henderson did not speak at his sentencing. The judge acknowledged it was a sad day for Henderson's family and friends.

He said Henderson had an exemplary career and had done a great service keeping the community safe, but the constitution did not allow for cutting corners.

He sentenced Henderson to three and a half years in prison. With the time he's already served, Henderson is looking at around 18 more months behind bars.

JJ Gray had expected probation in exchange for pleading guilty to stealing money after getting caught on tape.

Gray apologized to his family, the police department and the citizens of Tulsa for the shame and disgrace he caused them.

He said while the past two years have been the darkest of his life, it's also brought him closer to his family and God.

The judge said despite Gray's help with the prosecution's case, justice required prison time and sentenced him to four months in prison.

"There's the old saying, there's never a wrong time to do the right thing, and Mr. Gray did the right thing ultimately and he's paying the price for his crimes now," said Skip Durbin, Gray's attorney.

Retired Corporal Harold Wells cried as he thanked the judge for reading all letters from Well's family and friends.

The judge said it was the hardest sentence for him to hand out and that it might've turned out differently, had Wells had a trial by judge rather than jury.

He sentenced Wells to 10 years in prison. As he was leaving the courtroom, Wells told his supporters it would be okay. He's 60 years old.

Finally, former ATF agent Brandon McFadden, who cut a deal and testified against the others, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

He choked up while apologizing to his family. He also warned other officers who might think of doing what he did, that it's not worth it.

"I think it was fair. We were slightly disappointed, but still thought it was fair," said Neal Kirkpatrick, McFadden's attorney.

Henderson asked if he could serve his time in a federal prison in South Dakota. Gray's attorney says he may request the one in El Reno, Oklahoma. McFadden asked he serve his time in Texas, close to his home.

The three officers who were acquitted, are back on the payroll at TPD, but are not on the job because the internal investigation isn't finished.

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