Michael Baxton Sr., former East St. Louis police chief, gets year in prison

3:23 PM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) - The man who stepped down again as East St. Louis' police chief after admitting he stole video game boxes planted by federal agents has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Michael Baxton Sr. faced up to 15 years in prison when he was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That's where he pleaded guilty in January to stealing four Xbox games federal agents put in a car as part of a sting operation.

Baxton was Alorton's police chief at that time but was later rehired by East St. Louis as the top law enforcer. Baxton resigned from that post a day before entering his guilty plea.

He previously stepped down as East St. Louis police chief in 2009 after his performance was called into question.

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