Breaking News Bar
updated: 10/9/2013 9:29 PM

Ex-Chicago sergeant gets 22 months for extortion

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

A former Chicago police sergeant who extorted protection payoffs from drug dealers at a South Side housing project has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Ronald Watts was accused of stealing about $5,000 from an FBI informant posing as a drug courier.

In sentencing the 50-year-old Watts on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said she believed he'd been guilty of far more widespread corruption than the single count of stealing government funds he plead guilty to in July.

When he pleaded guilty, Watts admitted to directing another police officer, Kallat Mohammed, to take a bag containing the money from a homeless man in November 2011. The man was the informant.

Mohammed pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.