Former Nassau County police official faces trial

January 15, 2013 5:02:53 AM PST
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.

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