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Former Chicago Cop Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Conspiring with Gang

 A former Chicago cop will serve 12 years in prison for drug and conspiracy charges.
A former Chicago cop will serve 12 years in prison for drug and conspiracy charges.
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CHICAGO — A former Chicago cop who committed robberies with gang members while in uniform was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Thursday.

Antonio C. Martinez, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to racketeering, drug and robbery conspiracies, and was sentenced in Hammond, Ind. Court records show Martinez and another officer committed robberies on behalf of the Latin Kings — sometimes while in uniform and while driving police vehicles.

They stole drugs, weapons and cash, and would sometimes get a cut of the money they stole, a written statement from the Department of Justice said.

U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano also sentenced two Latin Kings involved in the same conspiracy.

Hiluetrio Chavez, aka "Tails," 37, of Chicago, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for racketeering and drug conspiracies. Prosecutors said Chavez traveled to Texas to help the southern arm of the gang, and to ensure its loyalties to the Chicago Latin Kings. Chavez participated in robberies with Martinez, and presented himself as a police officer, the statement said.

Also sentenced was Jermaine Ellis, aka "J-Dub," 21, of Chicago, who will serve more than 17 years in prison for racketeering. He also admitted to participating in the February 2007 shooting deaths of two men, James Walsh and Gonzalo Diaz, in Griffin, Ind.

Nineteen others pleaded guilty in the case that netted Martinez, Chavez and Ellis. One remains a fugitive, the Department of Justice said.