HAMMOND, Ind. — A former Indiana police chief has been sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison for using unreasonable force in kicking a handcuffed suspect he believed had robbed his house.
Sixty-six-year-old Thomas Houston was convicted last fall on one count of violating the suspect's civil rights during a June 2007 raid prosecutors said he orchestrated after a burglary at his home.
The former Gary police chief was cleared of punching a woman and carrying out an illegal search and wrongful arrests. A former deputy chief and sergeant were acquitted of all charges.
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Defense attorney Fred Work asked the judge before Thursday's sentencing to spare the 42-year police veteran from prison time, arguing Houston committed the crime in a moment of "misdirected passion."