Ex-Gary cop allegedly provided fake character letters to court

2013-08-20T20:15:00Z 2013-08-20T23:25:06Z Ex-Gary cop allegedly provided fake character letters to courtElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to sentence a former Gary officer to 42 months in prison after they discovered false information in character letters he submitted.

According to a sentencing memorandum filed last week, David Finley Jr. submitted fake character letters of support. The memorandum did not detail which letters were fake or how officials discovered the inaccurate information.

Finley, of Merrillville, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to federal charges of making a false statement during a purchase of a firearm and distributing marijuana. He was originally charged with distributing cocaine, but the charges were dropped when they discovered it was "sham cocaine."

Prosecutors called Finley a unique criminal in a sentencing memorandum because they don't think anyone else in the district has ever submitted false character letters.

There were 83 pages submitted as part of Finley's character letters.

Prosecutors originally asked a judge to sentence Finely to two years in prison. Finley is asking a judge to sentence him to probation or home detention.

According to a memorandum filed by Finley's attorney, his mental health was altered after a car crash and he became a people-pleaser. Since his arrest, he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

His attorney argued an example of the people-pleasing included Finley buying a gun and marijuana for a confidential informant. Prosecutors argue Finley knew the informant he became friends with was a known convicted felon. 

Finley was originally scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. His sentencing was pushed back to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

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