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Ex-cop gets 4 years for Katrina cover-up

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Posted: Nov 2, 2011 3:50 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, federal, judge, police, shooting, bridge, danziger, trial, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has sentenced a former New Orleans police lieutenant to four years in prison for his role in a plot to cover up deadly police shootings on a city bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Lohman faced a maximum of five years in prison for pleading guilty last year to conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to impose the maximum term but suspend three of those years so Lohman is released after serving two. Prosecutors sought leniency because of Lohman's cooperation in the case.

Lemelle rejected that recommendation Wednesday.

Lohman is one of five former officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge.

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