Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sinclair Judged Flight Risk Corrigan Denies Bond for Indicted Ex-Officer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sinclair Judged Flight Risk Corrigan Denies Bond for Indicted Ex-Officer

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A federal magistrate yesterday ordered former Jacksonville police officer Aric Sinclair held in jail without bond, agreeing with prosecutors that he's a danger to potential witnesses and could flee while facing an indictment that includes charges in a homicide and robberies.

Judge Timothy J. Corrigan noted the seriousness and violent nature of multiple charges against Sinclair, the potential that he could face life in prison and that a grand jury found probable cause to charge him in 16 counts of a 26-count indictment among the reasons to hold him without bond.

"There are no conditions or combination of conditions which would reasonably assure the appearance of Mr. Sinclair as required or assure the safety of any other person or the community," Corrigan said.

Corrigan's decision came despite assurances by defense attorneys Mark Rosenblum and Stephen Weinbaum that Sinclair has no criminal record, is a threat to no one and would remain in his parents' custody 24 hours a day until trial.

The defense attorneys also attacked the credibility of potential witnesses against Sinclair, including another former police officer charged in the case and drug dealers seeking reduced prison time. But Corrigan said lead prosecutor Jim Klindt convinced him he had sufficient, specific and consistent corroborating testimony from a "significant" number of witnesses that support the indictment.

Sinclair, 32, returned to the Duval County jail to await trial, which Klindt predicted yesterday could last 15 days. No date has been set.

Sinclair, former officer Jason Pough and two other officers were arrested three weeks ago on a variety of charges, ranging from the civil rights-related death of convenience store owner Sami Safar to bank fraud.

One highlight in yesterday's hearing occurred when prosecutors played a secretly recorded, 50-minute telephone conversation held in February between Sinclair and cooperating witness Daryl Crowden.

Crowden is an unindicted co-conspirator who has told prosecutors he was recruited by Sinclair to commit several crimes and is named throughout the indictment. …

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