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Judge Rejects Leniency In Sentencing Ex-Officers In Rackets Case

August 8, 1985

MIAMI (AP) _ A judge refused to heed pleas for leniency by the former deputy police chief of Key West, who received a 30-year federal prison sentence on racketeering charges stemming from a drug-smuggling conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge C. Clyde Atkins ordered the sentence Wednesday for former Deputy Chief Raymond Casamayor. Two former officers, Detective Sgt. Carrol Key and Detective Russell Barker, were sentenced to 15 years each.

All three were convicted last spring of being members of a racketeer- influenc ed corrupt organization and conspiracy by providing intelligence for a million-dollar cocaine ring. Casamayor also was convicted on 15 other counts.

″I made some mistakes,″ he told the judge. Then his voice broke and he said with a sob, ″I’m looking for mercy .... that’s all I have to say.″

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