- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has refused to throw out the 25½- to 60-year prison sentence imposed on a man convicted of plotting to have three Pennsylvania police officers killed.

The Superior Court panel rejected arguments from 32-year-old Akeem Washington of Lancaster, who was arrested after a fracas outside a restaurant that had refused him entry.

Authorities alleged that Washington later tried to recruit a cellmate at Lancaster County Prison to lure officers to a secluded spot so Washington could kill them. Authorities also alleged that the cellmate was supposed to act as a lookout while Washington followed a sergeant home to kill him and any relatives who tried to intervene.

The appeals court rejected arguments that the officers shouldn’t have been allowed to testify at his criminal solicitation of homicide trial.

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