- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A former western Pennsylvania judge sentenced to jail for stealing cocaine from evidence packages has been assigned to work-release even though his attorney said he was broke and unemployed at sentencing.

Fifty-nine-year-old Paul Pozonsky was sentenced Monday morning to 30 days to 23 ½ months in the Washington County Jail.

Pozonsky resigned after nearly 15 years as a Common Pleas judge in that county in June 2012, was charged a year later and pleaded guilty in March.

He’s acknowledged stealing the drugs to feed his addiction.

Warden John Temas said Pozonsky reported to jail Monday afternoon with a letter saying he had just been hired by Tri-State Restoration Services Inc., a general contractor that restores damaged property.

The warden said the job qualifies Pozonsky for work-release. The company isn’t commenting.

Wednesday was Pozonsky’s second day at work.

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