PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief serving more than 11 years behind bars for extorting nearly $8,000 from undercover FBI agents he thought were drug dealers has been re-sentenced.
A federal appeals court in September ordered the new sentence for 58-year-old Donald Solomon, finding a judge wrongly calculated federal sentencing guidelines.READ MORE: Kennywood's 'Choose The Color' Contest For The Phantom's Revenge Winner Revealed
Solomon, who once told an informant in an FBI sting, “I’m the best cop money can buy”, had his federal sentence reduced to 7-years.
Prosecutors argued that given the serious nature of his conviction in 2013 on charges of selling his influence to protect drug deals, the original 11-year sentence was appropriate.
But during today’s hearing Solomon’s friends and family portrayed him as a model inmate who is turning his life around, and Judge Joi Flowers Conti reached a compromise.READ MORE: Millvale Police Looking For Two Suspects Accused Of Stealing No Parking Signs And Flags
She sentenced him in accordance with the lower end of the guidelines, but kept him him jail for a significant period because of the nature of his offense.
Prosecutors are seeking the maximum penalty in that range, while the defense is arguing the Solomon has found God and is a changed man, deserving a lesser sentence.
The former East Washington Borough chief pleaded guilty in January 2013 to extorting $7,800 from the agents in exchange for protection during two staged drug deals and a promise to buy them police-issued stun guns.
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