July 14, 1987 |
FBI informant John Pastorella, a key witness at the extortion trial of City Councilman Leland Beloff, today was given a suspended sentence and placed on two years' probation by a federal judge in Baltimore. Pastorella, 51, had pleaded guilty there in 1985 to two counts of conspiracy to distribute and import heroin in connection with what a federal prosecutor said was a 1980-83 operation also involving Turkish nationals. Pastorella told U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Young he was ashamed of the behavior that led to his convictions, and was sorry to have been involved in the heroin operation.
January 8, 1986 |
The message from federal judges presiding over Philadelphia police corruption cases is becoming increasingly clear - mercy will be shown to corrupt former officers who break the code of silence and become FBI witnesses. U.S. District Judge Edward N. Cahn repeated the message yesterday by sentencing ex-Lt. John Czmar to five years' probation. The testimony of Czmar, an admitted member of a police extortion ring, led to the conviction of former Chief Inspector Eugene Sullivan, once one of the most powerful men on the force.
December 2, 1990 |
Instead of a jackpot, Gerard J. Eccleston's compulsive gambling netted him two years' probation and a debt of $1,000 to his employer, Sussman Lincoln Mercury of Abington. Eccleston, 25, of the 12000 block of Millbrook Road, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty Thursday in Montgomery County Court to one felony count of theft. Besides sentencing him to probation, Judge Paul Tressler ordered the car salesman to pay $1,000 restitution to the Sussman car dealership, do 48 hours of community service, and attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings.
November 19, 1991 |
Edward W. Boeck admits to diverting $110,000 from the coffers of Paxon Hollow Country Club in Marple from 1987 to 1990, but he isn't living high off the funds. At least, neither Deputy District Attorney Daniel J. McDevitt nor Boeck's defense attorney, Robert J. Radano, thinks he is. They believe that he kept little of the money. Boeck, 78, formerly of the 100 block of Signal Road, Havertown, pleaded guilty Sept. 23 in Delaware County Court to diverting the funds from the township-owned club.
September 3, 1986 |
After criticizing the district attorney's office for attempting to "influence the outcome of the case," Common Pleas Judge Ricardo C. Jackson yesterday rejected a motion to reconsider the controversial 10 years' probation he imposed in June on an admitted drug dealer. District Attorney Ronald D. Castille, calling Jackson's decision in the case of Gilbert Burgos, 35, "totally inappropriate," said he would appeal to the state Superior Court. Burgos' lawyer, Thomas L. McGill Jr., praised Jackson for having the courage to reimpose probation.
November 8, 2007 |
Oklahoma State linebacker Chris Collins Jr. could avoid serving time in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl after a Texas jury yesterday recommended he receive 5 years' probation. Collins, of Texarkana, Texas, had pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday. He can stay out of prison if he meets the requirements of the probation. District Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr. set formal sentencing for Dec. 10. Pesek ordered Collins to undergo a psychological exam as part of a pre-sentence investigation, Bowie County Assistant District Attorney Kristian Young said.
December 18, 1999 |
Notre Dame's storied football program got a light but embarrassing slap when the NCAA put the school on probation for the first time in its history. The Irish football team received a two-year probation yesterday from the governing body of college sports and will lose two scholarships. College football's sanctioning body, however, did not touch Notre Dame's postseason eligibility, and its TV contract with NBC - worth an estimated $8 million to $9 million annually - is not affected.
March 20, 2009 |
A federal prosecutor yesterday recommended that All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada get probation and no prison time for misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. U.S. attorney Jeffrey Taylor said in a memo to Federal Magistrate Judge Alan Kay that Tejada deserves that reduced sentence because he has admitted wrongdoing, accepted responsibility and has no criminal record. Tejada is to be sentenced March 26. Tejada was the 2002 American League MVP with the Oakland Athletics and is a five-time All-Star who now plays for Houston.
July 4, 1986 |
Thomas Spells bit off more than he could chew in a fight at work last year, but he contended that self-defense made him do it. Yesterday, Spells, 43, a supervisor at Concord Products Inc. in Camden, received a year's probation for biting off the ear lobe of one of his employees during a fracas at the office-partition company July 9. Testimony during the two-day jury trial in Camden before Superior Court Judge Donald Palese differed on...