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Friday, April 29, 2005

Former officer sentenced to nine years for beating man


RICHMOND, Va.- A former Petersburg city police officer who admitted to a role in the severe beating of a man was sentenced to nine years in prison today.

Thirty-two-year-old Michael Tweedy pleaded guilty in January to deprivation of rights under color of law in the October 2003 beating. At least four Petersburg police officers took part in the assault that left Lamont Koonce in a coma for more than two months.

Another former officer charged in the beating -- Michael Perkins -- was convicted in February. He is due to be sentenced May 20th.

U-S Attorney Paul McNulty says police officers are sworn to protect and defend the public and that they will be held accountable when they violate the public trust.


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