New Orleans –Michael Hunter, a former New Orleans, Louisiana, police officer who pleaded guilty to covering up police shootings of civilians on a Louisiana bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison, authorities said.
Former officer Michael Hunter pleaded guilty April 7 in federal court in New Orleans to conspiracy to obstruct justice and for misprision of a felony (for concealing a known crime), in the Danziger Bridge shootings in New Orleans that left two dead and four seriously wounded, the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.
Hunter also was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and serve three years’ supervised release. His sentence will begin in March 2011.
Judge Sarah Vance said that the kind of behavior displayed by multiple New Orleans officers on Danziger Bridge less than a week after Hurricane Katrina was “poisonous.”
“It breeds mistrust, cynicism … and the antidote is punishment that will deter others,” Vance said, according to CNN New Orleans affiliate WWL.