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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Former detective draws 45-year prison sentence


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A former narcotics detective was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison for violating the civil rights of drug suspects by planting evidence, stealing money and falsifying information to get search warrants.

Sylvestre Acosta and former detective Paul Skinner were convicted in December 2004 following a three-week trial in U.S. District Court.

They were among several Buffalo police detectives arrested in a corruption probe two years ago.

Skinner is scheduled to be sentenced May 27.

U.S. Attorney Michael Battle said the severe sentence given to Acosta reflects the Justice Department's commitment to protecting civil rights.


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