William “Billy” White — the former New Haven Police Department lieutenant who was arrested last March on corruption charges — will be sentenced next Monday, and Acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy wants him put away for over three years.
In a pre-sentencing memo released Tuesday, Dannehy recommended that White receive the maximum sentence for his crimes: 37 to 46 months in jail and a $7,500 to $75,000 fine. Although White has pleaded for a lighter sentence — citing an apparent bout with posttraumatic stress disorder and genuine empathy for the undercover cop to whom he gave embezzled money — Dannehy promptly dismissed those claims in the memo.
“The suggestion that he should be given favorable recognition for his work as a police officer ignores the magnitude of the abuse and minimizes the importance to a community of being able to trust that a police officer will enforce the laws and respect the rights of all citizens,” Dannehy wrote.
White claims that he suffers from PTSD, which, a doctor concluded, stemmed from the 1994 murder of his son. White’s lawyer, Hubert Santos, has argued that it was White’s mental state that led him to commit the crimes he did.
The undercover agent claimed to need money to help his daughters, and White gave him money to “expiate the guilt” he felt, the doctor remarked.
But Dannehy finally concluded that there was no evidence to show that White’s behavior was influenced by PTSD.
“White’s attempt to explain his corrupt behavior as the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is designed to convince the court that he deserves leniency and to escape any meaningful punishment,” she added.
In October of 2007, White pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of theft of government funds.
He admitted to taking bribes from local bail bondsmen. The bondsmen often paid White to apprehend individuals who did not appear in cases where their company had posted a bond.
White also admitted to stealing money that was planted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at crime scenes. During the sting operations, an undercover agent gathered enough information from conversations with White to conclude that he had habitually engaged in illicit practices as a police officer.
White is scheduled to be sentenced at 3 p.m. Monday.