Douglas Adam Damiano, 38, was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court in Rome on three counts of depriving minorities of their civil rights by stealing money from them during traffic stops in 2002 and 2003.
His total sentence, the maximum allowed, is made up of three nine-month terms running consecutively for each count. He will also pay $2,200 in restitution to his victims, serve three years supervised release and undertake at least 200 hours of community service once released.
I feel like under the circumstances this is a very light sentence for what you did, said Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. Very few sentences bother me, but this one does.
Vining was limited in his sentencing options by federal sentencing guidelines.
The former officer admitted earlier this year to stopping two motorists, obtaining their wallets and removing $100 from one and $80 from the other.
Authorities stated in court Damiano admitted to taking more than $2,000 from at least five more victims who never reported the incident.
Damiano has also pleaded guilkty to state charges of violation of his opath of office and theft by taking charges on which he will serve five years probation concurrently to his federal sentence.