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Jun 12, 2013 10:00 AM by AP

Sentence affirmed in inmate 'shakedown' case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state appeals court has affirmed former Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Donald Bailey's three-year prison term for shaking down an East Baton Rouge Parish Prison inmate in 2009.

Bailey, who pleaded no contest in May 2011 to bribery and corrupt-influencing charges, was accused of soliciting and accepting cash from the prisoner.

State District Judge Chip Moore sentenced Bailey in September 2011.

Bailey, currently on probation, was a 14-year veteran of the police force and coordinator of the Targeted Violent Offender Program when he resigned from the department in October 2009.

He had no prior criminal history and contends his sentence is excessive.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal disagreed Friday.


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