He received a lighter sentence for inculpating the others.
And so, as they had the power and wish to inculpate him, this expedient of an inquiry and trial seemed unnecessary.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
"So," cried Milady, as if she could not resist giving utterance to a holy indignation, "you, a pious man, you who are called a just man, you ask but one thing—and that is that you may not be inculpated, annoyed, by my death!"
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Then, bridling—erecting himself as in virtuous self-assertion—he circumstantially alleged certain words and acts, which collectively, if credited, led to presumptions mortally inculpating Budd.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
He knew he was in these men’s power, that only by force had they brought him there, that force alone gave them the right to demand answers to their questions, and that the sole object of that assembly was to inculpate him.