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Federal jury convicts ex-Milwaukee cop in assault

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a fired Milwaukee police officer of violating a woman's civil rights by sexually assaulting her after he responded to her 911 call.

Forty-four-year-old Ladmarald Cates faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Cates will likely serve far less time under federal sentencing guidelines.

Jurors deliberated three hours before delivering a split verdict Wednesday. They found Cates not guilty of using a firearm in a crime of violence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Johnson says he's pleased with the outcome. Defense attorney Bridget Boyle says she and Cates accept the results.

Cates said the woman had sex with him willingly after he arrived at her home in July 2010. The woman testified that Cates assaulted her.

Sentencing is set for April 11.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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