Former police inspector pleads guilty to extortion count

    9:25 a.m. Castro faces a maximum of 25 years in prison for the extortion count and the count he was found guilty of in April. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 14, and he’s free on bail until then.

    Update: WHYY’s Lizz Fiedler confirms: “Castro is pleading guilty to one count of extortion.  Government will dismiss all other charges except one count of lying to FBI that Castro was found guilty of.”

    Original report: Former Philadelphia Police inspector Daniel Castro is expected to plead guilty this morning to one count of extortion. A change of plea hearing is set for 8 :15 a.m.


    Castro was found guilty in April of one count of lying to the FBI and not guilty of one count of extortion, as NewsWorks reported then, but the jury was hung on eight other charges.

    A report from KYW says in exchange for today’s guilty plea, the government will dismiss the the seven other open counts against him.

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