- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A former northeastern Pennsylvania police officer accused of accepting prescription painkillers in exchange for letting a drug dealer go has been convicted of charges.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports (https://bit.ly/1XeV8Th) that that a Wilkes-Barre jury convicted Kenneth Shotwell late Tuesday afternoon of bribery, obstructing justice and official oppression.

The 46-year-old Duryea man was a Dupont police officer when he pulled over an oxycodone dealer in March 2013. Prosecutors say a Hughestown police officer - to whom the driver had been dealing drugs - asked the driver to give oxycodone to himself and to Shotwell for letting him go.

Shotwell’s lawyer said he and his client are disappointed by the verdict.

Shotwell cannot serve as a police officer anymore. He is free on his own recognizance until his sentencing next month.


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

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