Brief: Former NHPD officer Silva receives 90 days in prison

New Haven Police Department Detective Jose Silva — one of the three officers implicated in an FBI probe into the NHPD’s narcotics enforcement unit last spring — was sentenced to 90 days in prison last Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas.

Silva admitted to witnessing former NHPD Detective Justen Kasperzyk plant drugs in a suspect’s bedroom during a November 2006 drug raid. Silva then filed an incident report that said the drugs were found in the individual’s bedroom, not in the basement of the building, where they were actually discovered.

And during a March 2007 search of a New Haven residence, Kasperzyk and Silva each pocketed $500 they found at the scene.

The Board of Police Commissioners unanimously voted to fire Silva in mid-October. He had been with the NHPD since 1995.

In early October, Silva pleaded guilty to one count of deprivation of an individual’s civil rights — a misdemeanor.

Silva will be subject to a year of parole immediately following his release from prison.

Kasperzyk, who pleaded guilty to one count of civil rights conspiracy, a felony and one count of theft of government property, is scheduled to receive his sentence on March 27.

-Bharat Ayyar

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