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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A third for Biscayne Park police officer who took part in a conspiracy to frame black people for crimes they didn’t commit is headed to federal prison.
A federal judge in Miami sentenced Guillermo Ravelo to just over two years behind bars. Ravelo pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge involving the false arrests of two black men for burglaries and vehicle break-ins and use of excessive force.
Prosecutors say former police chief Raimundo Atesiano orchestrated the scheme to improve his department’s crime-solving rate. Atesiano has pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years at sentencing next month.
Two other former Biscayne Park officers were sentenced Tuesday to a year each in prison for false arrest of a black teenager.
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