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Boynton Beach officers sentenced to 3 years probation in a 2014 excessive force case

Posted at 8:51 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 18:51:43-05

Two Boynton Beach officers were sentenced Tuesday after being convicted in a 2014 excessive force case.

In November, Officer Michael Brown was convicted of excessive force and use of a firearm during a violent crime. The conviction of the firearm charge was later thrown out on Jan. 26. 

Brown was charged and convicted, after helicopter video of a high-speed car chase in 2014 showed officers kicking and punching suspect Jeffrey Braswell. 

At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Brown was sentenced to three years probation, 150 hours of community service and 180 days of electronic monitoring. He will not serve any time in prison.

Brown's defense team says they are appealing the excessive force conviction and are requesting a new trial.

Sgt. Philip Antico, who was found guilty of obstruction of justice in the case, was also sentenced Tuesday. FBI agents said he lied to them, about allowing officers to edit their reports following the beating incident. 

Antico was sentenced to 3 years probation, 6 months of home detention with electronic monitoring, and 150 hours of community service. Antico is also appealing his conviction, according to his attorney. 

Both sentencings were standing room only in the courtroom. 

During the sentencing, Brown's defense team argued that he should avoid a prison sentence, given that he is the sole provider of care for his 10-year-old son and 71-year-old mother. His attorneys said that just being labeled as a convicted felon and losing his career was punishment enough.

Federal prosecutors said they empathized for Brown and noted his respect for their team and the process, but said it was their duty to defend the constitution. Prosecutors said they at no point believed Brown was a bad person, but did believe his conduct crossed the line and deprived someone of their constitutional right.

During Antico's sentencing, 14 people testified on behalf of Antico's character, saying he was a father figure to his youth football players, as well as a model husband and father to three children.

Federal prosecutors argued for jail time, telling the judge she needed to show officers that the court does not condone lying to the FBI. 

In November, former Boynton Beach officers Ronald Ryan and Justin Harris were found not guilty in the federal beating case.

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