Ex-W. Pa. chief gets 11 years for extortion

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison by a federal judge after pleading guilty to extortion charges.

Former East Washington Police Chief Donald Solomon received the sentence Friday and apologized not only to the court, but to his three children, for his actions.

Solomon pleaded guilty in January to taking payments to protect drug deals, which were actually staged transactions acted out by undercover FBI agents. The chief also took money to buy the “drug dealers” a kind of stun gun, which only police can buy legally.

Public Defender Marketa Sims has argued the FBI pay was so “lucrative” that the informant couldn’t legally consent to have his conversations recorded.

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