(CN) - A former DeKalb County, Ga., police officer was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years probation for orchestrating the beatings of four teenage suspects in 2010 and 2011.
Last week, Anthony Remone Robinson was convicted of two felony counts of violating his oath of office, three counts of simple assault and one count of battery.
After three days of deliberation, the jury was deadlocked on four of the charges and found him not guilty on five charges, including three counts of aggravated assault. Had he been found guilty of all 15 counts, including 10 felonies, Robinson could have faced up to 150 years in prison.
Blake Norwood and Arthur Parker, the two officers accused of carrying out the beatings, pleaded guilty in February and testified against Robinson to receive lesser charges and evade prison.
Norwood and Parker were instructed by Robinson in November 2011 to take Travarrius Williams, then an 18-year-old burglary suspect, behind their off-duty vehicles to "tighten him up."
During an internal investigation, Norwood brought to light a similar incident in 2010 in which Robinson ordered them to handcuff three underage teenagers.
Robinson is represented by Marietta-based attorney William McKenney, who said his client was a "good man" who was "grabbing a gang banger."
"We could not say that at trial," McKenney said, "but that's what they were."
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