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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Pine Lawn mayor pleads guilty amidst trial

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Pine Lawn mayor pleads guilty amidst trial

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) – The mayor of Pine Lawn pled guilty Monday to two charges relating to the extortion of money from local businesses. Sylvester Caldwell, 55, initially rejected a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors and instead chose to go to trial, which began last week.  Prosecutors rested their case on Friday and consisted of […]

Pine Lawn mayor pleads guilty amidst trial

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) – The mayor of Pine Lawn pled guilty Monday to two charges relating to the extortion of money from local businesses.

Sylvester Caldwell, 55, initially rejected a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors and instead chose to go to trial, which began last week.  Prosecutors rested their case on Friday and consisted of the owners of a towing company and convenience store both testifying that Caldwell attempted to extort money from their businesses.

Caldwell’s defense team was suppose to begin presenting their case today. The deal he accepted today will keep Caldwell out of jail until sentencing begins with U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on July 7. Caldwell is also forced to resign his post as mayor.

The charges in which Caldwell pleaded guilty to- one count of Attempted Extortion and one count of Extortion- bring a combined maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $500,000. According to the Post-Dispatch, Caldwell would face less than the maximum penalties once sentencing guidelines are applied and after a pre-sentence report. His guilty plea will be calculated into his sentence, as part of the agreement with prosecutors.

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