Sep 22, 2010 4:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police detective who
admitted he helped cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents
on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been sentenced to three
years in prison.
Jeffrey Lehrmann, one of five former officers who have pleaded
guilty in the Justice Department's probe of the Danziger Bridge
shootings, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lance
Africk refused a prosecution request to postpone Lehrman's
sentencing until after six current or former officers are tried.
Africk also went above the sentencing guidelines, which called for
up to six months behind bars.
Lehrmann remains free on $25,000 bond until the trial is held.
Police killed two people and wounded four others on the bridge
less than a week after the August 2005 storm.