PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief serving more than 11 years behind bars for extortion wants a federal judge to reduce his sentence to less than seven years because he’s tried to turn his life around and found God.
A federal appeals court in September ordered U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti to resentence 58-year-old Donald Solomon.READ MORE: Neighbors Want Liquor Control Board To Take Action Against Bar In Carnegie
That hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6.
The former East Washington Borough chief had pleaded guilty to extorting about $8,000 from undercover FBI agents he thought were drug dealers. In exchange, Solomon allegedly offered protection during two staged drug deals and agreed to buy them police-issued stun guns.READ MORE: 2 Allegheny County Lawmakers Introduce Plan To Allow Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In State
The appeals court found Judge Conti wrongly increased Solomon’s punishment under guidelines for drug and extortion offenses.
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