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Ex-Fayetteville Cop Sentenced to 19 Years for Burglaries

Posted February 8, 2007 12:34 p.m. EST

— A former Fayetteville police officer was sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison Tuesday for his role in helping a ring of burglars steal guns, drugs and electronics from houses.

Jared Parsek and his eight accomplices pleaded guilty last March to a variety of charges, including conspiracy to commit civil rights violations, drug possession, and obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Court Judge James Fox sentenced Parsek to 225 months in prison and ordered him to pay $54,352 in restitution.

Prosecutors have said Parsek would gather information while working as an officer and then tell his accomplices about unoccupied house that could be burglarized. Parsek would then wait nearby in case he had to warn his partners about any threat, according to the indictment.

The men targeted homes in Fayetteville, Raleigh and the Beech Mountain area, according to the indictment.

Fox sentenced accomplice Justin McCarty to a similar term Tuesday. Another participant in the ring, Scotty Cornwell, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and ordered to pay $37,700 in restitution.

Three others had already been sentenced and three more are awaiting sentencing.