A former veteran Chicago police officer was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for stealing drugs, cash and guns for the Latin Kings street gang often while on-duty.
Alex Guerrero, 42, faced up to life in prison, but Rudy Lozano, a U.S. District judge in Hammond, agreed to the 19-year term after prosecutors spoke of the former officer’s extensive cooperation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Nozick said Guerrero, a former tactical officer, has been assisting the FBI in several investigations.
When questioned by the judge if Guerrero’s cooperation led to any arrests, Nozick said he couldn't point to any specific ones and "cannot make a prediction.
"Even if none are made, he has given extensive information that will be used," the prosecutor said.
As about three dozen relatives and friends looked on, Guerrero softly apologized "to my children, to my wife and to my parents and to my sister and to the rest of my family and to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department."
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