Posted: Sep 27, 2011 11:36 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A former Baton Rouge police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded "no contest" to charges he took money from a local drug dealer.
Former BRPD Corporal Donald Bailey, 51, entered a "no contest" plea in May to felony public bribery and corrupt influencing charges.
After his prison term, Bailey will be placed on probation for five years after and must perform 325 hours of community service.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell office's said Bailey was caught in a 2009 sting operation taking money from a known drug dealer to make charges against him go away.
Investigators said the dealer had earlier told them Bailey tried to extort $30,000 from him, saying he would keep federal investigators away from him.
Bailey was a 14-year veteran of the police force and coordinator of the Targeted Violent Offender Program when he resigned from the Police Department in October 2009.