Sounds kind of like something from The Wire, except even worse if that's possible.A federal jury convicted two Baltimore police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history.
Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Prosecutors said they and their comrades on the Gun Trace Task Force had acted as “both cops and robbers,” using the power of their badges to steal large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work.
“Their business model was that the people that they were robbing had no recourse,” acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning said after the verdict. “Who were they going to go to?”
Acting Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said the trial — in which several unindicted officers were also accused of wrongdoing — had uncovered “some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement.”
Hersl and Taylor face up to 60 years in prison.
Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days before rendering their verdict about 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Six pleaded guilty and the other two have now been found guilty by a jury.
Now U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake will sentence all eight former task force members. The six who pleaded guilty face maximum sentences ranging from 20 to 40 years in prison.
Sgt. Thomas Allers is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday. He faces up to 20 years. Sgt. Wayne Jenkins is scheduled to be sentenced in April. He faces up to 30 years.
Gondo faces up to 40 years. Detectives Evodio Hendrix, Jemell Rayam, and Maurice Ward face up to 20 years.
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All eight convicted officers now await sentencing. Three other men, including a bail bondsman who was supplied drugs by the unit’s supervisor and split the proceeds with him, have also pleaded guilty. A former Baltimore officer who now works for the Philadelphia Police Department is awaiting trial.