Court upholds ex-lieutenant’s conviction

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld the bribery and conspiracy convictions against a former lieutenant on the DeKalb County police force.

A three-judge panel also unanimously upheld the six-year sentence given to Willie Daren Durrett. A year ago, Durrett was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court of accepting bribes from Atlanta businessman Amin Budhwani and conspiring with Donald Frank, DeKalb’s former deputy police chief, to take the bribes. Frank pleaded guilty to his crimes and was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison.