5 ex-cops plead guilty in post-Katrina shootings
NEW ORLEANS - Five former police officers have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
In exchange for the pleas, the ex-officers will see drastically less prison time.
The officers were convicted in 2011 but U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set aside the jury's verdict two years later because of federal prosecutors' misconduct - including anonymous online comments about the case.
Four of the former officers have been locked up for nearly six years while the fifth has been out on bond.
The plea deal calls for them to get credit for time served and they could be released from prison anywhere from the next one to six years.