Chicago cop gets 15 months in federal prison in multimillion-dollar sports gambling ring
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CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in federal prison for his role as a top bookie in a multimillion-dollar sports gambling ring that allegedly included the now-pardoned brother of Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. In rejecting calls by Nicholas Stella’s attorney for a sentence of time served, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall said it was difficult to “estimate the damage to the public” that’s done when an officer thinks he is above the law. “It’s not just harmful to our sense of security within the city, but it’s harmful to all those good officers ...