Jail for twins who bribed DC cops
A federal judge sentenced twin brothers Larry and Garry Moody to 10 years and 21 months in prison, respectively, Tuesday for bribing two Metropolitan Police Department officers to derail a drug charge against Larry Moody.
The Moodys, 39, of Northeast Washington, pleaded guilty in October to bribing a public official, paying $8,000 in a videotaped FBI sting operation at a Hooters restaurant at Gallery Place in May 2009. Larry Moody also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin near a school, Tyler Elementary School.
U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts of the District allowed Garry Moody to serve the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house until his expected release in April or May, with credit for time served. Larry Moody -- whose longer sentence reflected five past convictions, including three drug crimes -- likely would have faced only 14 to 20 months based on his underlying drug case in D.C. Superior Court.
"You two committed an act of raw corruption," Roberts said. "This system is stronger than both of you. ... Fortunately for you, it will respond to you with justice, not injustice."
Both men faced up to 15 years in prison for the bribery charge, and Larry Moody a 40-year sentence for the drug charge, following his Feb. 12, 2009 arrest in a heroin sale in the 1200 block of I Street SE. The brothers later approached two MPD officers about a bribe, who contacted the FBI.
After calling Larry Moody a "hustler... pushing poison onto the streets," Roberts said, "Both of you can do better for yourselves, and for your children."
Spencer S. Hsu
| January 4, 2011; 2:40 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse, Narcotics, Spencer S. Hsu, The District
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