Five Ex-Officers Sentenced in Post-Katrina Shootings

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    Five Ex-Officers Sentenced in Post-Katrina Shootings - WSJ.com

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS—Five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

    Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Faulcon were convicted of firearms charges in the shootings. Retired Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman, who was assigned to investigate the shootings, was convicted of helping orchestrate the cover-up.

    Mr. Faulcon received the stiffest sentence of 65 years. Messrs. Bowen and Gisevius each got 40 years while Mr. Villavaso was sentenced to 38 years. Mr. Kaufman received the lightest sentence at six years.

    A federal jury convicted the officers in August 2011 of civil-rights violations in the shootings on the Danziger Bridge and the cover-up.

    Police shot six people, killing two, less than a week after the storm's landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. To make the shootings appear justified, officers conspired to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports.
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