Jerome Finnigan, who federal prosecutors called one of Chicago's dirtiest cops, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for a murder for hire plot that targeted a fellow cop because the fellow cop was cooperating with investigators. Finnigan has been in isolation in the Metropolitan Correction Facility in downtown Chicago for the past 4 years. He was the alleged ringleader of a Chicago Police Unit that used to be called the Special Operations Section. The Special Operations Section was specifically created to target known drug dealers throughout the City of Chicago. Finnigan and his crew would raid homes without warrants, conducted illegal traffic stops and shook down drug dealers and innocent citizens. Authorities have linked about $600,000 in money stolen in robberies and allege that Finnigan received at least $200,000 of that money. Another officer recorded Finnigan planning the murder of a fellow police officer that he suspected of cooperating with authorities. Previously, Finngan allegedly threatened to harm a Cook County prosecutor who was prosecuting him for a corruption charge.
With credit for the time he has already spent in federal custody, Finnigan may be released from federal prison as early as 2018.
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