Former HPD Officer Handed 15+ Year Sentence
|April 12, 2012|
HOUSTON - Former Houston Police officer Leslie Aikens has been sentenced to 188 months in prison following his convictions on charges of public corruption, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Aikens was convicted by a Houston federal jury on Nov. 15, 2011, following two days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
Aikens, 46, of Houston, was charged and convicted of aiding and abetting possession of a controlled substance by providing an escort for narcotics through the Houston area in his official Houston Police Department (HPD) vehicle. Aikens, a 19-year veteran of the HPD, was also charged with extortion under color of official right or a Hobbs Act violation for accepting a $2,000 bribe to provide the protection for the vehicle he believed to be transporting seven kilograms of cocaine.
During trial, the majority of testimony came from the FBI agent who explained that during the course of the undercover operation, Aikens escorted a load of seven kilograms of cocaine. The following day, he received the $2000 bribe payment for his services. The jury also viewed a video as well as audio tapes which detailed the transaction. The defense, however, attempted to convince the jury that Aikens had no knowledge of the cocaine. The jury, in considering the arguments of the defense and the government’s evidence and testimony, found Aikens guilty on all counts with which he was charged.
U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who presided over the trial, sentenced Aikens just a short time ago to 188 months on each of the two counts of conviction, to run concurrently. Aikens no longer works for the HPD and was further ordered to serve a term of five years in prison following completion of his prison term and to pay a $5,000 fine.
Aikens has been in custody following the return of the verdicts where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prison facility to be determined in the near future.
The operation was conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Texas Rangers and HPD.
Assistant United States Attorneys John Jocher and Jim McAlister prosecuted the case.