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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says police impersonators who have been fooling police, firefighters and the public for three years in and around Flint, Michigan, are expected to avoid jail time.

The Flint Journal reports Willie Strong III and Auston Rose pleaded guilty to impersonating a peace officer with a sentencing agreement including five years of probation. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says three others charged are expected to accept the same agreements.

Authorities say the impersonators were members of a group calling itself the Genesee County Fire and EMS Media-Genesee County Task Force Blight Agency. They were acting as police at parks, house fires, vehicle crashes and crime scenes.

Leyton says those involved were “misguided” and “felt they were trying to help.” In one case, the impersonators allegedly handcuffed two people.


Information from: The Flint Journal,