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GTTF Detective Daniel Hersl sentenced to 18 years

Posted: 3:27 PM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 12:59:31-05

Former Baltimore Police Detective Daniel Hersl was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the litany of crimes perpetrated by the Gun Trace Task Force, a rogue unit of plain clothes police officers.

Hersl is the s ixth member of the GTTF to be sentenced . In February he was found guilty by a federal jury on counts of racketeering and robbery. Hersl was one of two officers from the eight-member team who went to trial. The other, Detective Marcus Taylor, was also found guilty at trial . He was also sentenced to 18 years in prison at a hearing on June 7 .

Hersl's hearing began with a motion for a new trial, which judge Catherine Blake denied. 

Federal prosecutors asked the judge for a sentence of 20 years but Judge Blake settled on 18 in part to send a clear message.

"I believe that Judge Blake had her basis of giving this particular sentence and she articulated on the record," said Hersl's attorney William Purpura, "Am I happy with the sentence, the answer is no but I understand the reason for the sentence."

Daniel Hersl was represented by his brothers and sisters in court, some of whom testified to his character calling him a good man and a great father to his 10-year-old son.

Purpura says Hersl does intend to appeal.