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East St. Louis police officer sentenced

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A former East St. Louis police officer who stole a Rolex watch planted by federal agents as a test has been sentenced to 66 days in prison.

Larry Greenlee, of Belleville, pleaded guilty in May to stealing the watch, which agents planted as part of an integrity test. Greenlee came across the Rolex, encircled with diamonds, in what he thought was a stolen car, which agents had bugged with recording devices.

The sentence was announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois.

After his prison term, the 40-year old Greenlee will be placed under house arrest for four months, followed by three years of supervised release.

His arrest was part of a covert investigation by federal agents into allegations of corruption within the East St. Louis Police Department.