former camden police officer sentenced to 20 months in prison for civil rights violations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1o, 2012
CAMDEN, N.J. – Former Camden police officer Kevin Parry, 32, of Brooklawn, N.J., was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for illegally searching homes, stealing money, planting evidence and lying in court, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Parry previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an Information charging him with conspiracy to deprive others of their civil rights. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Parry conspired with Antonio Figueroa, 36, of Camden; Jason Stetser, 34, of Waterford Township N.J., and Dan Morris, 49, of Mount Laurel, N.J. to deprive others of their due process rights and their right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Parry’s illegal conduct included unlawful searches of residences, false reports, theft of money, planting evidence and false testimony in state court proceedings.
Stetser and Morris previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive others of civil rights and now await sentencing. Figueroa was convicted following a three-and-a-half week trial before Judge Kugler and was sentenced on Sept. 7, 2012, to 120 months in prison. Parry testified at Figueroa’s trial and his cooperation was a factor that the Court considered at sentencing.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Parry to two years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Resident Agency in Cherry Hill, N.J., under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George C. Venizelos; investigators and prosecutors of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk; deputy attorneys general from the N.J. Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa; and the Camden Police Department, under the direction of Chief John S. Thomson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys William E. Fitzpatrick and Matthew J. Skahill of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.
Defense counsel: William J. Hughes Esq., Atlantic City, N.J.