A key figure in the Los Angeles police corruption scandal is to be sentenced tomorrow. Nino Durden pleaded guilty to robbing a suspect, and framing an unarmed gang member who
was paralyzed in a police shooting. The 33-year-old Durden is to be sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court on six charges that include conspiracy to obstruct justice, perjury, grand theft and filing a false report.
Durden is expected to receive a sentence of seven years, eight months.
Then in April he is to be sentenced on federal charges that he conspired to violate the civil rights of three people, and possessed a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Under a plea agreement Durden could face up to six years in federal prison, to be served at the same time as his state sentence.
Durden is the former partner of Rafael Perez, the disgraced ex-cop who broke the corruption scandal in 1999.