BELLMORE - A former Nassau County Police Department official was sentenced today to 60 days in jail and three months of community service in a corruption scandal that rocked the department, but it's unclear when that sentence will begin.
Retired Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan is appealing the sentence. This evening, an appellate court granted a stay of execution of Flanagan's sentence during the appeal process, which could take up to a year.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, Flanagan was convicted in February of using his position to try to stop a wealthy police donor's son from being arrested. Zachary Parker had stolen more than $10,000 in electronics from Kennedy High School in Bellmore in 2009.
More than 100 people turned out in court today to show their support for Flanagan. In an unheard-of move, the judge permitted a large number of supporters to stand inside the courtroom for the proceeding.
Flanagan took a moment to thank his supporters, who included family, friends, former colleagues and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). "It's very wrong for any type of jail sentence to be imposed," King told News 12. "He's just an outstanding guy, totally honest and I've had nothing but good experiences with him over the years, and I'm proud to call him a friend."
In his sentencing statement, the judge noted that Flanagan hasn't shown any remorse throughout the process. His attorney argued that it's because he's done nothing wrong, and has not admitted any guilt.