Ex-Officer gets 5 years for shootings cover-up

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former police officer has been sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison for helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former police officer has been sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison for helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon said Thursday that the five-year cap on Robert Barrios’ sentence for pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge was a sufficient reward for his cooperation.

The 30-year-old Barrios is one of five former officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people — killing two — on the Danziger Bridge days after the 2005 storm hit.

Five other current or former officers who were convicted in August of civil rights violations stemming from the shootings are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 14.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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