Crime

Ex-Miami cop sentenced to two years for extortion

A former Miami police officer who shook down a Liberty City sports-betting operation for thousands of dollars has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Jerry Sutherland, 28, was also fined $2,000 and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service on Monday by U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

Sutherland pleaded guilty in March to extorting a total of $3,400 from the unnamed gambling operator during 10 meetings last year in exchange for police protection, according to the U.S. attorney's office. The onetime patrolman, who had worked out of the North District station, resigned from the force in February.

An FBI anti-corruption task force, including Miami police detectives, made audio and video recordings of Sutherland as he extorted the Liberty City gambling operator, according to court records. The illicit operation placed bets with a gambling establishment in Las Vegas.

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