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Second Fort Deposit Police Officer sentenced to prison for stealing from I-65 motorists

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FORT DEPOSIT, AL (WSFA) - The second of two Fort Deposit Police Officers arrested on federal civil rights violations has been sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Carlos Tyson Bennett, 37, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $500 restitution for one count of conspiracy against rights and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Bennett pleaded guilty on August 29, 2012 after he admitted that he and his partner, Jessie Alan Fuller, pulled over vehicles on I-65 in May and June 2009 under the pretense of law enforcement activity. The two men then stole cash from the drivers and their passengers in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.

Bennett stated that he and Fuller worked together, sharing the stolen money. Bennett admitted his part in four specific thefts in May and June 2009 where he stole between $100 and $200 per victim. Bennett also admitted that he and Fuller attempted to cover up their crime when authorities began to investigate.

Bennett's partner, Fuller, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.  He was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Aug. 28, 2012.

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