Ex-Detroit police head of homicide William Rice sentenced to prison
DETROIT, MI -- Former Detroit police homicide Detective William Rice is headed to prison for between two and 20 years.
Wayne Circuit Judge Gregory Bill sentenced the 64-year-old ex-law enforcer on three convictions, one for operating a criminal enterprise and two perjury counts. Each sentence was between two and 20 years to be served consecutively.
Also convicted of operating a criminal enterprise was Rice's co-conspirator and longtime girlfriend, Cheryl Sanford. She is sentenced five years probation with the first to be spent in the Wayne County Jail.
Both defendants are ordered to pay $100,196 in restitution.
Prosecutors allege the duo committed fraud against the state Housing Development Authority, mortgage fraud in excess of $40,000 and dealt prescription pills and marijuana.
Rice's perjury convictions also have a link to Sanford.
Her great-nephew, 21-year-old Davontae Sanford, is currently serving prison for a 2008 quadruple murder he admitted to. Davontae Sanford, who is blind in his right eye, is scheduled to be imprisoned until at least 2046.
After Davontae Sanford's sentencing, another convicted killer claimed responsibility for the crimes and the then-teen, through his attorneys, filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea in May of 2009 with an alibi defense.
Rice, the one time head of the Detroit Police Department Homicide Division, took the stand in Davontae Sanford's resulting hearing and lied under oath in an effort to get his girlfriend's relative freed, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said.
Ex-Wayne Co. official gets 57-month prison sentence
Detroit -- A former high-ranking Wayne County official was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison by a federal judge for taking almost $70,000 in bribes from a contractor with the county.
Tahir Kazmi, former chief information officer for the county, was the first person charged in 2012 in connection with an ongoing, wide-ranging corruption probe of Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano's administration. The investigation has led to several guilty pleas and prison sentences for two people.
Kazmi, a 50-year-old former Rochester Hills resident, also must pay $15,000 in fines and will be on supervised release for three years once he has served his term. No date was given on when Kazmi will report to the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his 57-month sentence.