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Conahan: “This case is now closed…”

WILKES-BARRE — One of the two Luzerne County judges involved in the Kids for Cash scandal tells Newswatch 16 he has ended his efforts to get his prison sentence reduced.

Former Luzerne County President Judge Michael Conahan was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison in 2011.

Conahan pleaded guilty to charges he and former co-defendant Mark Ciavarella received kickbacks from the construction of a juvenile prison in Pittston Township.

The former judge wanted his sentence cut in half.

Federal Judge Edwin Kosik rejected that request in April.

Conahan wrote Newswatch 16 saying, “no appeal was filed or will be filed. This case is now closed and I will serve my sentence.”

If he serves the full term, Michael Conahan won’t be released until he is 76.

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