Cops admit barging into homes, stealing

September 18, 2009 2:45:08 PM PDT
It's one of Chicago's biggest police corruption scandals ever: Four former Chicago police officers have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a robbery and home invasion ring.The officers had been part of an elite crime-fighting unit called the Special Operations Section. But a federal investigation revealed allegations of false arrests and theft.

Guadalupe Salinas, Bart Maka, Brian Pratscher and Donovan Markiewicz all pleaded guilty in court Friday. All received six-month sentences in the Cook County jail and four years felony probation.

"The defendants, in their plea declarations, which were made part of the record, admitted their participation in criminal activities, provided extensive cooperation to the authorities and are required under this agreement to continue their cooperation," said Jack Blakey, prosecutor.

"I can only speak for Donovan Markiewicz, and he's a good and decent person who made a terrible mistake, and he's working on rectifying that mistake," said Barry Pechter, Markiewicz' attorney.

In addition to their sentences, the four former officers will not be allowed to work in law enforcement ever again.


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