Ringleader in robberies gets 189 years

The ringleader in a series of robberies by men posing as police officers was sentenced Monday to 189 years in prison.

The sentence for George Clark, 36, is one of the longest ever imposed in the federal eastern district of Kentucky. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Clark.

Clark and accomplices targeted people who they thought were drug dealers. They posed as police officers and invaded homes in Perry, Leslie, Laurel and Clay counties in summer 2006, stealing drugs, guns and money.

Some of the people they robbed were drug dealers, but some were not, according to the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger West.

A jury convicted Clark, of Leslie County, of using a gun during drug crimes; being a felon in possession of a gun; having stolen guns; attempting to possess drugs; and having fake military discharge documents.

Clark had claimed he was an Army Ranger who served in Somalia and had won a Silver Star for saving other soldiers' lives and a Purple Heart for being wounded.

In reality, he had been a National Guard soldier briefly before suffering a burst eardrum during training and being discharged with a military disability pension of $2,400 a month.

Reeves also fined Clark $25,000.