Ex-MPD officer sentenced for civil rights violations, stealing drugs

A former Minneapolis police officer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for stealing controlled substances and violating citizens’ civil rights.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old Ty Raymond Jindra was sentenced Wednesday to 38 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release.

Jindra was convicted in November on three counts of stealing controlled substances and two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law.

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Prosecutors say he used his position as an officer to get drugs, including meth, oxycodone, fentanyl, tramadol, and other substances, from September 2017 through October 2019. He then failed to report and log those substances into evidence and found ways to search people, vehicles and homes to seize more drugs.

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In April, Jindra’s attorney wrote a letter to the judge saying his case warranted a sentence “well below” what the guidelines called for — 33 to 41 months. Jindra also admitted to the crimes in the letter, adding, “I still believe that I am a good person with a lot left to contribute to society.”