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Former San Ramon Officer Gets Three Years in Prison for CNET Scandal

Former officer Louis Lombardi pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing and selling drugs and stolen firearms and to four misdemeanor counts for stealing thousands of dollars in cash and property during searches of suspects' homes.

Bay City News Service

A federal judge sentenced a former San Ramon police officer to three years in prison Friday for his involvement in a Contra Costa County law enforcement scandal.

Louis Lombardi, 39, was convicted in January after admitting to four misdemeanor counts for stealing thousands of dollars in cash and property during searches of suspects' homes.

He also pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing and selling drugs and stolen firearms while he worked on the Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET.

U.S. District Judge Saundra B. Armstrong sentenced Lombardi to the prison term and ordered him to pay $7,500 to the city of San Ramon during a hearing in Oakland today.

Lombardi will serve the term in a federal prison in Oregon. His attorney, Dirk Manoukian, had asked for Lombardi to be placed there to avoid being incarcerated with some of the criminals he dealt with as a police officer.

The judge was also expected this afternoon to receive a guilty plea from Christopher Butler, 50, a private detective and former police officer.

Along with two other former police officers, the pair was indicted in federal court last year for a series of crimes that included stealing cash, guns and drugs during search warrant operations.

Butler, a former Antioch police officer, was charged with conspiracy; selling methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids; and possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids for sale.

Linda Mosier May 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Linda Mosier May 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Mark, Well put.... however, last time I checked "Bad Apples" go rotten. Can't say I've ever seen one turn bright, shinny, sweet and delicious. Hence the term. Perhaps your definition of this guy is "good man that made a few bad choices". I believe (like James states) his behavior warrrants the term "Bad Apple"
Ryan Sherman May 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Mark, I know it says Oregon, but something tells me word may get around....
Shawn May 09, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yes, three years is way to light. Article doesnt say what the $7500 is for, but it seems way to light as well. City of San Ramon should sue Lombardi for theft of time and recover some of what it paid him while he was not performing the duty he swore to perform.
Mbug January 03, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Just wondering why there was even a plea deal and so low? Were any of he charges felonies? Didn't the prosecutor think the case was strong enough to ask for more time and shown they were willing to go to trial? I understand the comment by Mr. Tarte,(also I agree with the 10 yrs or more) but it would seem as though this would have been a case worth the time, effort and tax payer money, instead of pleading it out. This was shocking to the whole system, to the public (me) and to police departments everywhere, that cringed that officers would turn so bad. I just think the public deserved to at least "feel" like this wasn't going to go unchecked, and I feel like the "public", (me) didn't get that. Is 3 yrs the average sentence of what each of them received? It's stuff like this that just makes it harder not to think that some people get special treatment.


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