Ex-Romulus police chief sentenced for corruption

Michael St. Andre pleaded guilty to racketeering, embezzlement, misconduct

DETROIT - Former Romulus police chief Michael St. Andre is going to prison.

He received his sentences Friday morning for multiple crimes including racketeering, embezzlement and misconduct. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

His longest sentence could keep him behind bars for 20 years.

Prosecutors say St. Andre and three of his detectives used drug forfeiture money to pay for prostitutes, alcohol, marijuana and to buy a tanning salon for the chief's wife.

"I would like to apologize to you (judge) and your courtroom for me being a police officer, coming in front of you, that had to be the hardest thing for you," St. Andre said in court Friday. 

He apologized to his family and children for the stress that he said he put them through.

The detectives also pleaded guilty to corruption crimes.

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