Two ex-Detroit Cops get Prison Time for Extortion

(DETROIT NEWS)Two former Detroit police officers are headed to federal prison after a judge sentenced them Wednesday for convictions in a felony extortion case.

Former Lt. David Hansberry was sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison and former officer Bryan Watson was sentenced to nine years in prison by U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III.

Hansberry and Watson were members of the now-disbanded narcotics unit of the Detroit Police Department when they were both accused in 2015 of carrying out traffic stops and fake arrests to allegedly steal drugs, money and property from civilians.

Both were convicted in July 2016 of one count of conspiracy after a five-week trial. The jury cleared them of all other charges.

Murphy said he took no pleasure in sentencing the former narcotics officers to prison.

“I see a great deal of regrettable, unimaginable and sad conduct by an individual who reached the top of his profession,” Murphy told Hansberry who was sentenced first.

“But when any police officer violates the law it causes mistrust by the public...and it makes others think of crossing the line for personal gain,” Murphy said.

The sentences came in lower than the 20 years in prison the government had requested for both men. Hansberry had asked the judge for no jail time in court on Wednesday.

Murphy refused to order Hansberry or Watson into federal custody at sentencing as the government had requested, saying the men were not a danger to the community or a flight threat.

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