Oldest member of corrupt Baltimore police unit gets 18 years

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The most veteran member of a deeply corrupt Baltimore police unit has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake handed down the punishment Friday to former Gun Trace Task Force member Daniel Hersl. The 48-year-old ex-detective was the oldest member of the disbanded unit and the sixth to get sentenced.

Wearing a red jail jumpsuit, Hersl shrugged in resignation as he was led out of the courtroom in front of a gallery holding about a dozen relatives.

Federal prosecutor Leo Wise said Hersl "abused his power" as a city law enforcer for years.

A jury had found the disgraced officer guilty of racketeering and robbery earlier this year.

Hersl sought a new trial early Friday, but Blake rejected the request.