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Ex-Alton policeman sentenced to prison

East St Louis, IL

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former Alton police officer who stole money from an evidence vault and lied to investigators has been resentenced to a decade in federal prison.

A federal judge in East St. Louis also ordered 50-year-old Mickey Dooley to pay nearly $49,000 in restitution.

Dooley was indicted in January 2008 on charges that accused him of lying to investigators, stealing money from an evidence room and committing wire fraud, among other crimes. Jurors convicted him in September 2008.

A federal appeals court in Chicago later reversed Dooley's conviction on a wire-fraud count and ordered him resentenced. The punishment imposed Monday was the same as his original sentence.

Prosecutors alleged the 24-year Alton police veteran used the stolen money from the evidence vault to support a gambling habit.

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