UPDATE: Former Portsmouth sheriff's sergeant sentenced for accepting bribes

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 4:33 PM

UPDATE 1/16:  Melvin Hike was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday for accepting bribes in exchange for favors and referrals. 

He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a $10,000 fine.

Hike was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the Eastern District of Virginia.  

NORFOLK (AP) -- A former Portsmouth Sheriff's Office sergeant has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $5,000 in bribes from a bondsman in a case that also brought down two judges.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 65-year-old Melvin Hike entered his plea Tuesday. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 16.

Court documents show Hike accepted cash payments from the bondsman from 2008 through 2012 in exchange for referrals. Hike retired in February after 27 years in law enforcement.

The bondsman, Ulysses Stephenson Jr., pleaded guilty last year to bribery and conspiracy. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

The same FBI investigation that ensnared Stephenson and Hike also led to charges against two Portsmouth magistrates. Both have pleaded guilty.

AP-WF-10-08-13 2157GMT

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