- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has rejected a former western Pennsylvania school superintendent’s bid to withdraw a guilty plea to misuse of federal funds intended to expand high-speed Internet access.

Sixty-four-year-old Dennis Bruno, former superintendent of the Glendale School District in Cambria County, entered the plea in 2011 to misappropriation of $49,600.

Bruno argued that he hadn’t “intentionally” misapplied funds but relied on others who told him that the project had been completed. He said he didn’t know that the plea would leave him without his $80,000-plus pension.

A federal judge last year refused to let him withdraw the plea. The (Altoona) Mirror (http://bit.ly/1foAUHf ) reports that a three-judge 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel last week upheld that decision, citing the two-year delay in Bruno’s bid to withdraw the plea.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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