Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-Police Chief Wants Judge to Disregard Coke Weight

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-Police Chief Wants Judge to Disregard Coke Weight

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A former police chief who pleaded guilty to extortion for standing guard as undercover federal agents pretended to conduct drug deals wants his sentence to be decided without regard to the fictitious weight of the pretend cocaine, according to a brief filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Former East Washington chief Donald Abraham Solomon twice sat in his police vehicle outside of what he thought were drug deals, the second time taking $5,000 to protect what he was told was a 10- kilogram sale.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Marketa Sims argued in a brief in advance of Mr. Solomon's May 15 sentencing that the FBI agents "set the fictional weight of drugs involved in those fictional transactions, and Mr. Solomon had no input whatsoever into the weight or type of fictional drugs involved." She wrote that if U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti bases the sentence on the amount of pretend cocaine involved, it could be nine to 11 years, versus around three years if the amount is not considered. …

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