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.

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.

-- Bay City News

Claire Voyance May 07, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Andy Smith, I found a story about good cops: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-kelly-thomas-trial,0,6561961.story http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-kelly-thomas-photo-gallery,0,2312691.photogallery?index=ktla-photo-kelly-thomas-gallery-1
Brash Brazen May 08, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Don't let that cell door hit you where the good lord split you ! It's not goodbye,it's good riddance ! Maybe you can join a prison gang or learn a new trade while you're there.
Claire Voyance May 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Equal Justice Under Law? Not in America, the World's Greatest Superfraud. The Dirty Pig's sentence is shamefully lenient.
Bill Goodwin June 07, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Many would think that this round of sentences would rid CoCoCounty and the S.R. Valley of all the "Bad Cops" but alas this unfortunately is not the case. So, these guys were doing the crazy wrong stuff and got their just deserts.. What happens to the others who are padding their "Goals" by pulling people over for made up reasons?? What about the fact that most of the Valley Police spend their time circling/lurking around the after hours bars looking for DUI's?? What about the cops who abuse their power by harassing young people or folks who drive shabby cars?? The root problem with law enforcement in the Valley is Commissioner Joel Golub and the Walnut Creek Traffic Court.. Commissioner Golub runs the Kangaroo Court that is the Contra Costa County Municipal Court. Commissioner Golub is a rubber stamp for the police, Cop shows up and says you did it and you are guilty!! You can show photos, write a report where you measured the street and proved the Officer was wrong, bring witnesses, cross examine the Officer and show that they are confused or blatantly wrong, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty...
Bill Goodwin June 07, 2012 at 01:32 AM
The Court system is a Tax collector with the police it's minions. When the Police know they can do no wrong in court, they end up abusing their powers on the public!! I spent weeks in the court doing a Statistics Study while in College, it was truly un-believable how rude and crooked that court is.. Over dozens of trials I watched, I saw the same cops over and over having their tickets questioned!! Only a small proportion of ticketees fight them in court, most just pay and are done... Cops know this and act accordingly. When someone feels strongly enough they have been wronged that they spend the better part of two days in court to fight for their rights, they are primarily slapped down with a guilty verdict and sent a strong message concurrently!! The only way to fight this crooked system is with your vote and by fighting your tickets in court thus clogging the system and forcing the court to play by the public's rules!! By the way; There are Yelp pages for all of the local Police Departments and the Contra Costa County Municipal Court branches!! The public can write reviews for these entities, most of the ones there don't paint the prettiest picture of Valley Justice!!


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