Friday, September 23, 2011

Former Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Conahan Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison

On Friday, September 23, 2011, former Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Conahan, 59, was sentenced by Federal Middle District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to 210 months, or 17.5 years,  in federal prison for his part in the Luzerne County judicial scandal.  Conahan pled guilty to his crimes and received a sentence of almost 10 years less than co-Defendant, former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella.
Kosik additionally ordered Conahan to pay more than $874,000 in restitution, along with other fines. Judge Kosik also recommended that Conahan be sent to a prison in Delray Beach, Florida "not for convenience" but so that his family can be in close proximity
Before the sentence was handed down, Conahan sat as he read a prepared statement accepting responsibility for his actions and apologizing to all of those he harmed.  He told the court, "...the system was not corrupt.  I was corrupt."
Here's a link to a September 23, 2011 article from the Times Leader on Conahan's sentencing:

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