- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A former police officer who pleaded guilty to illegally selling prescription painkillers as part of a drug ring operating in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains will spend six months in federal prison.

WFMZ-TV (http://bit.ly/292XEJn ) reports Thursday that a federal judge in Scranton gave 46-year-old Stephen Nordmark a break as prosecutors were seeking between 15 and 21 months in prison when he was sentenced Tuesday.

Nordmark was a 14-year veteran officer for the Stroud Area Regional Police when he resigned in 2010 and was indicted three years later.

Nordmark’s case is somewhat of a mystery as federal authorities have sealed the documents charging him. But details have emerged as others in the ring have pleaded guilty in recent years..

Nordmark’s public defender says work-related stress caused Nordmark to drink heavily and make poor choices.

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Information from: WFMZ-TV, http://www.wfmz.com

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