New Orleans Cops Get Decades in Jail for Shootings
Five sentences in Katrina violence range from six years to 65
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2012 3:57 PM CDT
From left: Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius, Kenneth Bowen, and Anthony Villavaso.   (AP Photos, File)

(Newser) – Five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced today to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso, and Robert Faulcon were convicted of firearms charges. Retired Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman, who was assigned to investigate the shootings, was convicted of helping orchestrate the cover-up.

Faulcon received the stiffest sentence of 65 years. Bowen and Gisevius each got 40 years while Villavaso was sentenced to 38 years. Kaufman received the lightest sentence at six years. Police shot six people, killing two, less than a week after the storm's landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. To make the shootings appear justified, officers conspired to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses, and falsify reports.