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FORT DEPOSIT, AL (WSFA) -

The second of the two former Fort Deposit Police Officers, who admitted to stealing from motorists, was sentenced Tuesday.  A federal judge sentenced Carlos Tyler Bennett to 37 months in prison for one count of conspiracy against rights and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. He pleaded guilty in August.

His partner, Jessie Alan Fuller, pleaded guilty of one count each and was sentenced in August. He is already serving time in federal prison. The crimes occurred along Interstate 65 in May and June of 2009. The officers admitted to at least four fake traffic stops, stealing between $100 and $200 at a time.

The victims were all minorities: two Hispanics men, an Asian man, and an Black truck driver had his GPS stolen. Fuller and Bennett admitted to working to cover up the crimes.

The officers were first arrested in 2009. People in Fort Deposit said they are happy then men have been brought to justice.

"The police were supposed to be helping us, but instead they were helping themselves," said Marilyn Turner.

Prosecutors said the sentences send a strong message: betraying the public trust doesn't pay.

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