NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York Police Department sergeant praised by prosecutors for helping build cases against others in a gun licensing scandal has been sentenced to four months in prison.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein said at Wednesday’s sentencing of David Villanueva that prison is appropriate because a police supervisor must be held to a higher standard.
Villanueva pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bribery and false statement charges and testified against co-defendants. Prosecutors say corrupt police employees for years gave special treatment and rushed gun permits for bribe payers.
The 45-year-old Villanueva could have faced five to six years in prison if he hadn’t cooperated.
A prosecutor praised his cooperation, saying cases against other individuals might not have been made without it.
Ex-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton once called the scandal “historically bad.”