A former Florida police chief who admitted to framing black men for crimes they did not commit was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.
A federal judge in Miami imposed the sentence on ex-Biscayne Park police chief Raimundo Atesiano, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to directing his police officers to frame innocent black men for a series of unsolved burglaries.
He admitted he wanted to appease community leaders and polish the department’s property crimes records.
“When I took the job, I was not prepared,” the 54-year-old man told the judge on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported. “I made some very, very bad decisions.”
Atesiano, who faced a maximum 10-year sentence, pleaded guilty in September to a conspiracy charge of depriving the three suspects of their civil rights because he and the officers charged them without a legal basis. (Read more from “Ex-Police Chief Gets Three Years in Prison for Framing Black Men” HERE)