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Ex-Chief In Edwardsville Gets 18 Months For Theft

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former police chief in southwestern Illinois has been ordered to spend a year and a half in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 in city funds.

The former top cop in Edwardsville, 57-year-old James Bedell, was sentenced Thursday in East St. Louis.

Bedell pleaded guilty in April to four counts and embezzlement and theft, admitting that from 2009 to 2012 he stole money from a department lock box that contained vehicle impound fees.

Bedell resigned nearly a year ago on the day agents raided his home and office. He had been with the department since 2007.

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