- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been convicted of impersonating a narcotics officer to shake down a marijuana dealer in 2012.

The Altoona Mirror reports (https://bit.ly/1RiJ7d1 ) a jury on Thursday found 42-year-old Stephen Espenlaub Jr. guilty of criminal conspiracy, impersonating a public servant and related offenses.

Prosecutors say the Altoona man was one of two masked men who tried to shake down a drug dealer by pretending to be a rogue police officer.

He was convicted in March of possession of illegal firearms and is already serving a 7- to 15-year prison term. Prosecutors say he faces up to 20 years each on the three felony charges he was convicted of Thursday.

Espenlaub’s defense attorney says he will talk to his client about appealing.

Espenlaub will be sentenced on Jan. 14.

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

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