Castro gets five years in prison for extortion

    Federal Judge Harvey Bartle II has handed down a five-year prison sentence to former Philadelphia Police Inspector Dan Castro.

    KYW reports Castro’s sentence — above the three-year guideline — comes because he was a high-ranking officer when he was charged with extortion.

    Castro pleaded guilty to one count in June, in exchange for having other charges, which a jury was hung on, dismissed. He and his lawyer went to court today with the hopes of a probation sentence, while the prosecution wanted the stiffest possible sentence.

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