CONCORD (CBS SF) – A sobbing former Contra Costa County drug task force commander was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison for stealing drug evidence, robbing prostitutes and making phony arrests.
Norman Wielsch, 51, of Concord, asked U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong to “show me as much leniency as possible,” saying that he participated in a Contra Costa County police corruption scheme because he was suffering from depression and post traumatic stress disorder caused by his physical and mental health problems.
Armstrong said she agrees that Wielsch faces medical and mental health problems but she’s not persuaded that they caused him to commit the crimes he admitted to when he pleaded guilty to five felony counts on Dec. 5.
Armstrong said Wielsch should get a long sentence because of “the gravity of his conduct and his abuse of his position of trust.”
He said if Wielsch were given a light sentence, such as being placed on home confinement, it could undermine the public’s confidence in law enforcement officers and its trust of the justice system.