Former BR Police officer convicted of bribery
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Former Baton Rouge Police Corporal Donald Bailey has been convicted after the 14-year veteran pleaded no contest to two felony counts for Bribery and Corrupt Influencing. The conviction was secured by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office.
In 2009 it was alleged that Bailey attempted to extort $30,000 in cash from a known drug dealer associated with Trill Entertainment, the group that supports such local performers as Lil’ Boosie. Bailey reportedly told the drug dealer that he would keep the “feds” off of Trill Entertainment in exchange for the cash. The drug dealer confessed that he would occasionally give Bailey hush money to receive advance warning before a police operation.
By September of the same year, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office and State Police conducted an undercover sting operation, during which they captured video of Bailey taking $1,400 in cash in exchange for getting a pending charge on the drug dealer dismissed.
The case is now before Judge Chip Moore in the 19th Judicial Court. Moore ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 27. Bailey faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.