- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah’s former police chief is heading to federal prison on a 7 ½ year sentence.

Willie Lovett was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge Friday to 90 months in prison and fined $50,000. A jury convicted Lovett last November on commercial gambling and extortion charges.

Prosecutors say that as police chief Lovett “sold his badge” and pocketed more than $75,000 by allowing an illegal casino to operate in Savannah. Lovett was accused of protecting the gambling operation from police for a decade until he retired suddenly in 2013.

The Savannah Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/1DJlsLF ) Lovett declined an opportunity to address the judge before he was sentenced.

Prosecutors noted that because Lovett retired before he was charged with any crimes, he still draws a city pension worth $130,000 a year.

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