Ex-NYPD official gets 18 months prison in gun license scam

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former New York police official to 18 months in prison for failing to stop a bribery scam that let President Donald Trump and other well-connected New Yorkers get gun permits fast.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos sentenced Paul Dean on Thursday after the former lieutenant and onetime second-in-command of the licensing division told him rules were “thrown out the window” in return for bribes.

Ramos rejected a request by Dean’s lawyer that his client not serve any prison time.

The judge said he didn’t think Dean had fully accepted responsibility for his crime even after pleading guilty in April 2017.

Dean alleged in pre-sentence papers that those who received special treatment included Trump and celebrities. He did not suggest Trump or others did anything wrong or were aware of any bribes.

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