Ex-cops' convictions over fatal beating upheld

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and sentences of two former New Orleans police officers over the fatal beating of a 48-year-old handyman.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that there was sufficient evidence to support a jury's convictions of the former officers, Melvin Williams and Matthew Dean Moore, in April 2011.

Williams was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for fatally kicking Raymond Robair and beating him with a baton during a July 2005 encounter in the city's Treme neighborhood. Moore was sentenced to more than five years in prison for submitting a false report and lying to the FBI.

The case is one of several Justice Department probes of alleged misconduct by New Orleans police officers.

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