- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Officials say a northeastern Pennsylvania sheriff’s deputy has been suspended for 60 days for allowing a man convicted of murder to talk to his mother while he was being transported from one prison to another.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1AAxlnI ) reports that the call was made after 24-year-old Neil Pal was convicted in Lackawanna County of first-degree murder in the death last year of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci.

Sheriff Mark McAndrew said the call violated a written policy on transporting inmates and was what he called “a major security breach.” The deputy told WNEP-TV that he didn’t know it was against the rules.

Pal and another man were convicted of killing Bonacci and launching a sport utility vehicle with the body down a 72-foot ravine, where it was found later.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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