Detroit cop guilty in collision shop extortion scandal
Detroit — A Detroit Police officer was convicted of six counts of extortion Thursday and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Deonne Dotson, 47, received $6,650 in bribes in 2014 for referring stolen and abandoned vehicles recovered in Detroit to a local collision shop. He was convicted following a seven-day trial and juror deliberations that started Wednesday.
Dotson, who was acquitted of an extortion conspiracy charge, will be sentenced March 19 by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland.
Dotson was one of six current and former Detroit police personnel charged almost two years ago during a crackdown on corruption within the department.
The other officers and prison sentences include:
• Officer Charles Wills: 26 months
• Retired Officer James Robertson: 24 months
• Retired Officer Jamil Martin: 20 months
• Retired Officer Marty Tutt: 12 months
• Retired Officer Anthony Careathers: 24 months