A disgraced Indianapolis ex-detective’s police-officer status will be among the considerations when federal authorities decide where he will serve a 25-year prison sentence, says the Indianapolis Star. Yesterday’s sentence to Robert B. Long, portrayed by federal prosecutors as the leader of the worst Indianapolis police corruption scandal in years, is among the most severe meted out to local officers.
The penalty far exceeds the 10 years given to James Davis, a patrolman who pleaded guilty and testified against Long and his ex-partner, Jason Edwards. Long and Edwards were convicted in June of conspiracy and drug counts but acquitted on firearms charges. The officers’ indictment included a $20,000 shakedown of a drug courier, an intercepted package containing marijuana, and a videotaped theft of marijuana and cash from a supposed drug house, planted by the FBI.