June 7 (UPI) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a former Baltimore Police Department officer convicted of committing a host of crimes to 25 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced former Gun Trace Task Force Sergeant Wayne Jenkins to the 25-year sentence for his role as leader of a police corruption ring, the Baltimore Sun reported. Jenkins pleaded guilty in January to a number of charges that include racketeering and robbery in an agreement that capped his possible prison time at 30 years.
Jenkins inflicted “immeasurable” harm by stealing drugs on a “near-daily basis” for years, helping commit robberies and charging overtime pay for time he didn’t work, Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said.
The 37-year-old former ringleader of a corrupt police unit sobbed during his testimony as he apologized to Baltimore residents.
“I know it’s my fault … I know I have to be punished,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins specifically apologized to the family of Elbert Davis, a man killed in a 2010 high-speed car chase that started when Jenkins and a pair of officers suddenly approached two men who later said they thought they were being robbed.
The men crashed during the chase and killed Davis. Police planted drugs in their car, a fact that Jenkins covered up, he said Thursday.
His colleagues on the Gun Trace Task Force, Marcus Taylor and Daniel Hersl, were convicted in February on federal charges of racketeering, robbery and overtime fraud.