January 18, 2012

Former St. Pete detective gets two years in prison

ST. PETERSBURG - The former St. Petersburg police detective who took cash and gifts from a confidential informant has cut a deal in federal court.

Under the deal, Anthony Foster will serve two years in federal prison and get one year of probation.

Foster was arrested last June by the FBI after being caught accepting thousands of dollars, a flat-screen TV, and even Nike sneakers from an informant, who happened to be his sister-in-law.

In exchange, he vouched for her in several criminal cases.

Foster is a 13-year department veteran who was one of the hostage negotiators on scene during the department's standoff with Hydra Lacey Jr. following the murders of two officers.

The judge said while Foster may have been a good cop and wouldn't commit the crimes again, this was a serious breach of his responsibility to the community.

Outside the courtroom, we asked Foster if he had anything to say to the people of St. Pete. "I'm sorry, God is good," was his only response.

He has 60 days to report to prison. 

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