Sunday, June 12, 2011

Former Police Chief Is Sentenced for Cover-Up in Mexican’s Death

By Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times
June 1, 2011

A former Pennsylvania police chief who was convicted of impeding a federal investigation into the beating death of a Mexican immigrant was sentenced to 13 months in prison on Wednesday, a lower-than-expected term in a case that had become a cause célèbre for Hispanics.

Judge A. Richard Caputo of Federal District Court in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., said the sentencing guidelines were too harsh for Matthew Nestor, the former police chief in Shenandoah, Pa., according to Mr. Nestor’s lawyer, Joseph Nahas. A presentencing report by probation officials had recommended 57 to 71 months. [...]

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