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Ex-Houston officer admits role in 2013 armored car robbery

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HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former Houston police officer to four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to helping pull off a 2013 armored car robbery by monitoring police radios and later lying about it.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore on Monday also ordered Joel Quezada of Houston to serve two years of supervised released after completing his prison sentence. The 33-year-old former officer had pleaded guilty in January to lying to investigators about accepting cash to monitor his police radio during the Dec. 6, 2013, heist at the University of Houston student center.

Quezada could have received up to five years in prison. Four others have been convicted in the heist and await sentencing.

Quezada resigned from the force last year before a disciplinary hearing.

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