Ex-Texas FBI agent gets prison in NYC for lying

AP News
Posted: Apr 09, 2012 3:20 PM
Ex-Texas FBI agent gets prison in NYC for lying

A former Texas FBI agent convicted of making false statements about a confidential source after having an intimate relationship with her was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison.

Adrian Busby, 38, of El Paso, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. in Manhattan after he was convicted in November of four counts of making false statements.

Federal sentencing guidelines had called for him to serve roughly two years in prison, but Baer chose half of that, citing Busby's responsibility to be the primary caregiver for three sons, ages 4, 6 and 9, after his marriage ended.

"Your life is pretty much ruined in terms of any law enforcement job," the judge said.

Before the sentence was handed down, Busby said he was sorry and expressed regret about his actions.

Authorities said Busby had a sexual relationship with a woman in 2008 and 2009 who served as a confidential source before she was convicted on identity theft and related charges in December 2009.

Prosecutors said Busby divulged confidential law enforcement reports, including secret grand jury materials, to the woman's defense attorney and then claimed falsely that he had "accidentally" left the reports with the lawyer. Evidence the government presented at Busby's trial included text messages he sent the woman's defense attorney. The lawyer testified that Busby handed him the reports during jury selection of his client's trial.

The false statement charges also stemmed in part from government allegations that Busby denied knowing the confidential source was under investigation when he signed her up as a source. The government also said he claimed he did not begin a sexual relationship with her until after she was no longer an FBI source.

Busby has requested to be housed in a low-security prison near his Texas home. He was ordered to surrender on May. 15.