Long Island News
Former Nassau County police official faces trial
MINEOLA -- A former top official with a Long Island police department is facing trial on charges he pulled strings to drop a 2009 burglary investigation against the son of a wealthy department benefactor.
Opening statements in the trial of former Nassau County deputy police commissioner William Flanagan are scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Flanagan has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted hundreds of dollars in gift cards from the benefactor whose son was arrested in a school burglary. Two other former top officials in the department will be tried separately.
If convicted, Flanagan could be sentenced to four years in prison.
Defense attorney Bruce Barket says Flanagan was trying to resolve the case through restitution and a return of the property.
The burglary suspect, Zachary Parker, pleaded guilty last year.
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
long island, nassau county, police officer arrested, long island news
- 4 arrested in deadly NJ mall carjacking 25 min ago
- AccuWeather: Warmer stretch arrives
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- iWitness Photos and Videos
- Elderly pedestrian hit by two cars in Harlem
- Third grader killed in accident, truck driver charged
- Car dealer charged after selling Sandy-damaged vehicles
- NJ Transit train disabled inside Hudson River tunnel
- Man stabbed on 2 train in Bronx
- GWB repair work this weekend
- Pan Am 103 bombing anniversary marked by memorials 12 min ago
- Target data breach: 7 Things to know
- NASA astronauts begin urgent spacewalking repairs
- Photos: Fatal shooting at the Short Hills Mall
- 4 arrested in deadly NJ mall carjacking
25 min ago