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Ex-cop who burned body gets 17 years, again

  // Friday, 15 August 2014 21:00 //

A federal judge on Friday refused to trim the 17-year prison sentence he handed three years ago to Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer who admitted setting Henry Glover’s body aflame inside a car on the Algiers levee in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but who has steadfastly denied knowing Glover had been shot by a fellow cop.

In resentencing McRae, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk dismissed an argument from attorney Michael Fawer that the burning of Glover’s body was simply the act of a man suffering from post-traumatic stress in the harrowing days that followed the storm and not an attempt to hide anything or protect another officer.

Africk stressed McRae’s failure for years to acknowledge what he did, despite knowing that the body was a homicide victim. He chided McRae for claiming “pride” as the reason he stayed quiet even after Glover’s shooting and burning at the hands of Fourth District police officers came to light in 2008, three years after the events.

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