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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Judge to sentence former Va. detective

By Dana Hedgpeth

A federal judge in Norfolk will sentence on Friday a retired homicide detective who allegedly took criminals' money in exchange for getting them breaks in their cases.

A federal jury found Robert Glenn Ford, 57, of Virginia Beach, guilty last year of two extortion counts and one charge of lying to the FBI.

The jury ruled that Ford took tens of thousands of dollars from criminals and in return helped them in their cases, though in reality they didn't have information that was crucial to investigations.

Ford retired from the Norfolk Police Department in 2007 after nearly 30 years of service. He maintains his innocence, according to local newspapers that have followed his trial this week.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ford faces 12 to 15 years.

"It's a sad day any time a career law enforcement guy is convicted of extorting money from guys to get them out of jail," said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in a Thursday phone interview.

By Dana Hedgpeth  | February 25, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Dana Hedgpeth, From the Courthouse, Virginia  | Tags:  U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Virginia  
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I wonder why this case was prosecuted in Federal Court and not locally.

I hope this not another case of the Feds over reaching. Too many are.

Posted by: | February 26, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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