A former Washington police officer, who admitted targeting Hispanic motorists and robbing them during traffic stops, will spend the next 21 months in federal prison.
Steven Hilsinger was sentenced today in Raleigh. In December he pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor civil rights violations in federal court.
Prosecutors say in November and December of 2005, Hilsinger stopped Hispanic motorists for minor traffic violations. Instead of merely asking for their drivers licenses, they say Hilsinger took their entire wallets. The feds say on the first occasion the officer stole $60, while the second time he took $40.
Then in September of 2006, prosecutors say again Hilsinger targeted Hispanic drivers and stole money, only this time the victim was an undercover police officer. On those occasions, $220 and $120 were taken.
In addition to the prison time, the former officer will have to pay $220 in restitution and be on supervised release for one year after his prison sentence.