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Cherryville officers handed prison time

Staff report

Two former Cherryville police officers who provided protection for what they believed were tractor trailers transporting stolen goods through Gaston County have been handed prison sentences.

Casey Justin Crawford, 33, received a 33-month prison sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. in Charlotte today, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

David Paul Mauney, III received an 18-month sentence.

The convicts were both ordered to serve a year of supervised probation upon release from prison.

The men pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property and one count of conspiracy to extort under color of official right.

The release said Crawford and Mauney, in addition to John Ashley Hendricks, of Cherryville, believed they were protecting stolen merchandise worth over $300,000 in addition to cash in an amount over $300,000. The men were actually working with undercover federal officers who “represented the goods to be stolen.”

Hendricks pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property and received two years of probation.

“Crawford’s and Mauney’s actions were a gross betrayal of their positions as police officers, which impacts the way the public views the police. It makes the task honest police officers face every day even harder than it already is,” Chief Chad E. Hawkins of the Cherryville Police Department was quoted saying in the release.

Crawford and Mauney will serve their sentences without the possibility of parole.

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