Ex-East St. Louis police chief awaits sentencing

Ex-East St. Louis police chief awaits sentencing

This undated photo shows Michael Baxton, former police chief of Alorton, Ilinois. He was removed from office on October 17, 2011 after an investigation into a felony conviction in his background.

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Posted on April 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 2:35 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- The man  who stepped down again as East St. Louis' police chief after admitting he stole video game boxes planted by federal agents is about to hear his sentence.
   
Michael Baxton Sr. faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That's where he pleaded guilty in January to stealing four Xbox games federal agents put in a car last October as part of a sting operation.
   
Baxton was Alorton's police chief at that time but was later rehired by East St. Louis as the top law enforcer. Baxton resigned from that post a day before entering his guilty plea.
   
He previously stepped down as East St. Louis police chief in 2009 after his performance was called into question.
 
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