A former Tulsa police officer has been convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison for stopping Hispanic drivers and taking money from them.
Marvin Blades Jr. was found guilty of five counts robbery with a firearm and sentenced Thursday by District Judge Tom Gillert in a non-jury trial. Blades had pleaded not guilty and Gillert on Wednesday rejected a defense request to reduce the charges to larceny.
Blades was arrested last August after stopping an undercover Bureau of Narcotics agent who was posing as an immigrant worker. The agent testified six $100 bills were missing from his wallet following the traffic stop.
The bills with the serial numbers matching those carried by the agent were found in Blades’ possession.