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Former police officer in corrupt unit sentenced to prison

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore police officer accused of committing crimes as part of a corrupt department unit has been sentenced to prison in federal court.

The Baltimore Sun reports U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jemell Rayam on Tuesday to 12 years in prison, following the recommendation of prosecutors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Hines reminded the judge that Rayam once gave guns and police uniforms to two friends and had them break into a home where Rayam knew $20,000 was inside. In another break-in, Hines said Rayam put a gun in a woman’s face.

Rayam, part of the Gun Trace Task Force, issued an apology, saying he was raised to know better. His cooperation was creditred with leading to the indictment of at least four co-conspirators.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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