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Ex police officer sentenced to life plus 255 years

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - FBI Special Agent My Harrison, U.S. Attorney Lawrence Laurenzi and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin announced the longest prison sentence handed down to an officer in the state, if not the country - life, plus 255 years.

"Kidnapping, robbery, drug dealing - these are all crimes we in law enforcement see on a frequent basis.  But what we don't see are those actions conducted by law enforcement officers," Harrison said.

A jury convicted Sease in February for his involvement in 16 robberies of drug dealers between November 2003 and April 2006. The charges against Sease included money-laundering, extortion, robbery, conspiracy, rights violations, kidnapping and drug dealing.

"He did this while he was acting under the authority of his badge," Laurenzi said.

Prosecutors said Sease was fired in 2005, but continued directing other officers in street heists and ordering dealers they had robbed to set up other dealers for robberies.

Police Director Larry Godwin pointed out it was the good officers who put the squeeze on Sease.

"You have so many good officers out there, and citizens that brought some of this to light that started the investigation," he said.

Harrison has a warning for any officer considering crime.

"I want you to think back to this day, July 1, 2009.  This time, 12 o'clock.  This location, the United States Attorneys Office and the sentence received by Arthur Sease, and you will know it may not be today or it may not be tomorrow, but somehow we will find you."

Officials said the investigation is not over. Five other defendants have pleaded guilty in the case.

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