A former Cherryville police officer at the center of a corruption investigation pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiracy, extortion and money laundering.
He's one of six people, including four officers, indicted in October and accused of conspiring to transport stolen goods across Gaston County. Since then, the men have all pleaded guilty.
"He's just glad to get this behind him and get on with his life." said Dellinger's attorney, Leonard Kornberg.
In October, Dellinger and five other men, most of them once officers, were indicted after being accused by federal agents of misusing their positions to provide protection and transportation for stolen goods.
Dellinger's wife of 17 years told Eyewitness News she's standing by her husband. She said his guilty plea allows them to move forward.
"You just got to do what you got to do," said Betty Dellinger.
Dellinger's crimes together carried a maximum prison sentence of about 65 years, but because of his guilty plea there is a decrease in the sentencing level. His attorney couldn't say how much time he would serve.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said it could be six months before each of the six defendants are sentenced.