|Updated: 8/08/2013 8:02 pm
||Published: 8/07/2013 9:56 pm
A former Tulsa police officer accused of corruption was found guilty.
Marvin Blades, Jr. was found guilty of five counts of armed robbery. Blades was accused of targeting Hispanics in traffic stops and stole their money while on duty.
He was sentenced to 35 years on counts 1,2 and 3 and suspended sentence of 36 years for counts 4 and 5. Blades will have to serve 85% of his sentence.
A spokesperson for TPD says Blades resigned from the department on Tuesday.
"You are supposed to trust a police officer in the United States and in Tulsa and what they found out is that they couldn't," said Tulsa County First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond.
All witnesses, including four alleged victims and an undercover drug agent, testified in the non-jury trial on Wednesday.
Before the judge adjourned for the day, he ordered Blades back to jail to be held without bond until Thursday when court will resume.
Blades is accused of stealing a total of $1,873 from drivers and $600 from an undercover Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs agent.
"There is no question in our mind that this is a betrayal of trust by a uniformed police officer," said Drummond.
FOX23 News was in the courtroom as four men took the stand through an interpreter. They told the judge Blades robbed them while he was in uniform, in his patrol car, carrying a gun on his holster.
"I think Mr. Blades is not guilty of robbery with a firearm," said Blades' defense attorney Jim Linger.
Blades' lawyer would not elaborate, but questioned witnesses who said they did not feel threatened and that Blades did not point a gun at them during the traffic stops.
The alleged victims told the judge Blades would stop them, order the witnesses out of the car, search them or their car, take cash out of their wallet and let them go.
They feared police but eventually reported it.
One alleged victim testified "I couldn't do anything, what was I supposed to do? He is an authority figure, I couldn't do anything," said Juan Santos.
The prosecutor in the case says the witnesses are brave to come forward.
"I would describe them as a courageous," said Drummond.
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Blades has been on and off the force since 1997.