06/01/2011

Ex-Ill. officer spared jail time

Judge Thomas Fecarotta cited the unblemished 15-year career of ex-Streamwood cop James Mandarino as he rejected a jail sentence for the former officer

By Dan Rozek
Chicago Sun-Times

Former Streamwood cop James Mandarino avoided a prison term for the videotaped beating of an unarmed, non-violent motorist after a Cook County judge cited his previously unblemished police career.

"How could I overlook the 15½ years he's put his life on the line for our community?" Judge Thomas Fecarotta said Tuesday as he rejected a jail sentence for the former officer.

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