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Former Gary cop pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

David Finley was sentenced 30 months prisdrug weapons charges. A federal judge also found Finley had faked letters support thwere

David Finley was sentenced to 30 months in prison on drug and weapons charges. A federal judge also found Finley had faked letters of support that were sent to the judge. | Provided

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Updated: March 24, 2013 6:12AM



Former Gary police officer David Finley Jr. will admit he knowingly sold a gun to a felon in August and sold that same person drugs later the same day.

Finley’s attorney John Cantrell filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court a notice for Finley, of Merrillville, to plead guilty without the benefit of an agreement with federal prosecutors.

Cantrell said Finley will plead guilty to all three counts against him but said he could not otherwise comment on the case.

Finley was scheduled to go on trial Monday for the charges, one count each of lying when buying a gun, selling a gun to a known felon and dealing marijuana.

The counts all stem from Aug. 7, when an undercover informant made a deal with Finley, who was being investigated by the FBI, to buy the informant, a felon, a gun.

Federal attorneys have said in court filings they have security video images of Finley buying the gun at Westforth Sports in Calumet Township then giving the gun a few minutes later to the undercover informant.

They also observed Finley distributing marijuana to the informant later that day.

The government had also originally charged Finley with four other drug charges but dropped them after they discovered the substance was fake cocaine.

Finley’s change of plea hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon.



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