- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former Ohio police detective who was accused of drug trafficking and pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge has been sentenced to six years in prison.

A judge sentenced Matthew Dailey in federal court in Columbus on Thursday. The former Mount Vernon Police Department detective could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Investigators said the Howard man misused his police job to traffic in narcotics, extort people and use a firearm in drug-trafficking activities. He pleaded guilty to extortion in March.

Dailey’s attorney had asked that his client serve a year in prison. Defense attorney Sam Shamansky had argued that Dailey became addicted to prescription painkillers after suffering an injury while apprehending a suspect.

Shamansky said Thursday that he and Dailey respect and accept the judge’s decision.

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