Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 2/6/04

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The competition was tough this week. Dishonorable mentions go Memphis police officer Terrance King, who was arrested January 22 on a Texas highway with 100 pounds of marijuana and a kilo of cocaine, and former Buffalo, NY, police officer William Westbrook, who pled guilty January 21 conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possessing a stolen firearm.

But this week's winner is former Chicago police detective Jon F. Woodall, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on January 27 for stealing seven kilos of cocaine, selling part of it, and using some of the rest to frame an innocent man. As part of a plea agreement, he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Woodall admitted in court that he and two other Chicago detectives, James Benson and Richard Matich, stole the coke after getting a tip from an informant that it was sitting in an impounded car. The three cops agreed to sell most of the cocaine, and plant the rest on a drug suspect. Charges have since been dropped against that man.

Judge John Darrah, who rejected an earlier plea with a 9-year sentence, said he accepted the plea deal "reluctantly" and accused the former detective of acting "solely out of greed."

Benson cooperated with prosecutors and got 18 months. Matich awaits sentencing after Darrah rejected a 7-1/2 year sentence as too lenient.

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