PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A former Philadelphia police officer has been convicted of corruption and has begun paying what will certainly be a heavy price. Mark Williams has been convicted of conspiracy to steal and deal drugs and robbing a supposed mafia bagman.

Williams,convicted of every count against him, was immediately taken into custody. With his family members sobbing the courtroom Williams gave up his valuables, took off his suit coat, suspenders, even his dress shirt, and was cuffed and led away.

His partner testified they collected $6,000 in cash in a bag from a drug robbery.

Prosecutor Maureen McCartney says that emboldened Williams for the next job.

“I think it did. If you look at the second part of the case, which was the June conspiracy. You will see that is when Mark Williams decides he is taking property receipts when they take his uniform and his gun, he tries to recruit other officers, he steals a police car,” McCartney said. He’s pretty much doing whatever he needs to do to put himself in the position to do that robbery.”

Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 10 years in prison.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio

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