- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A former police officer convicted in a case that led to the NYPD’s ticket-fixing probe has pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill a witness, selling counterfeit DVDs, ticket fixing and other charges.

In return for Tuesday’s guilty plea, prosecutors say the 45-year-old Ramos was sentenced to up to 23 ½ years in prison. The sentence will run concurrently with the 12 ½ to 14 ½ years he’s already serving for attempted robbery and drug charges after being convicted in October.

Prosecutors say Jose Ramos turned his two Bronx barbershops into a front for drug dealing and stolen goods.

The ticket-fixing investigation against more than a dozen officers sparked a debate over the informal practice of police squashing tickets or minor summonses as favors for friends and relatives.

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