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Ex-cop gets 5 years, max for shootings cover-up

3 years ago December 01, 2011 Dec 1, 2011 Thursday, December 01 2011 Thursday, December 01, 2011 2:00:03 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A former police officer has been sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for his role in covering up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday sentenced Robert Barrios, one of five former officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people - killing two - on the Danziger Bridge.

The punishment was the maximum Barrios faced for pleading guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice. Federal prosecutors did not seek leniency in his case.

Barrios is to report by Jan. 9. The other four officers who cooperated with the Justice Department's probe already have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to eight years.

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