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September 30th, 2008
04:44 PM ET

Former Cop describes his life in prison... and the fight that landed him there

A Chicago cop says he was wrongly convicted for his role in an off-duty fight. We look back at CNN's David Mattingly’s report.
A Chicago cop says he was wrongly convicted for his role in an off-duty fight. We look back at CNN's David Mattingly’s report.

David Mattingly | BIO

AC360° CorrespondentRemember Michael Mette? He's the Chicago cop I profiled a year ago. Mette is serving 5 years in an Iowa prison for - he says - punching a guy once. The local prosecutor says Mette must have hit the victim repeatedly. Mette was off-duty with some friends and says he hit the guy once in self-defense. Mette just got finished appealing his sentence and could hear any day now that Iowa’s Court of Appeals has reversed his conviction.

 

He sat down with local Chicago site, Windy Citizen. Check it out.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • David Mattingly
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. melinda

    I think be punished is okay but 5 years is very steep. Maybe probation or something because he was a police officer but he also was protecting hisself.

    September 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  2. Angel Cortez

    As a person who made the choice to be the example for society when he took the oath of a police officer, to say that his only wrong choice that night was that he shouldn't have gone to the house. Maybe he should rethink what being a keeper of the peace really means. Didn't he see what the effects of wrong decissions made by others who chose simular decissions on a daily basis who were arrested and prosecuted? Im sure that they have excuses that can justify their ations as well.

    September 30, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  3. RA

    Yes he could have only hit him Once, and most of the prisoners in Iowa Penitentiary are Innocent.

    September 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |