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LINCOLN: Danzig knew I was never much for putting down roots. I never really stayed in the same place too long. He used to joke that if I kept living like that, that one day I would just float off into space. So he gave me this as a reminder that I always had a home. With him, with his family. This, he said, was my tether.

5 Former New Orleans Police Officers Plead Guilty Over Danziger Bridge Killings.  

Nearly five years after a federal jury found them guilty of either gunning down unarmed civilians or covering up the incident on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge, five former police officers have entered guilty pleas as part of a deal with the government. The deal sharply reduces the penalties they faced before their initial convictions were overturned in 2013 over prosecutorial misconduct.

The judge in the case accepted the terms of the deal shortly before 1 p.m. local time, after a hearing on the case began around noon, according to local reporters who were in the courtroom.

In court today, former Officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius and Anthony Villavaso reportedly pleaded guilty to three counts each, while Arthur Kaufman, the investigating officer who was accused of arranging a cover-up, pleaded guilty to two counts.

Their punishments are markedly less severe than those the officers received four years ago: While their previous sentences had carried a collective weight of more than 200 years in prison, the plea deal reportedly reduces that to less than 45 years in total.

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