Appeals court rules ex-police chief serving 11 years for extortion should get lower sentence

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PITTSBURGH — A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief serving 11 years behind bars for extortion might get out earlier.

According to the Washington Observer-Reporter (, a federal appeals court on Monday ordered a lower court to resentence Donald Solomon.

The ex-chief of East Washington 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.

Solomon was sentenced in June 2013. But the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the federal judge wrongly increased Solomon's punishment under guidelines for drug and extortion offenses.

A resentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Information from: Observer-Reporter,

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