Former DeKalb Police Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison

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Photo by Jean Ross CBS Radio

Photo by Jean Ross CBS Radio

ATLANTA (WAOK)-A former DeKalb County police officer has been sentenced to federal prison after he pleaded guilty to a series of federal charges in July.

Donald Bristol, of Lilburn, was sentenced to a year and a day in a federal penitentiary and was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a $3,000 fine.

Bristol pleaded guilty in July to charges of helping suspects hide a stolen vehicle, unlawfully accessing a law enforcement database and lying to federal agents.

“The citizens of DeKalb County deserve better than this. During Bristol’s tenure as a police officer, he violated the laws that he had sworn to enforce. This sentence should serve as a stark reminder that no one is above the law,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a news release.

A federal customs officer and 15 others were also charged in connection with this case, which included shipments of guns and drugs through the Atlanta airport, drug raids at several metro area homes and one of the largest seizures of ecstasy in the U.S. Several defendants are still awaiting trial.

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