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Friday, June 02, 2006

Former Allegheny County Chief Deputy Sentenced to Five Years for Corruption

This article by Paula Reed Ward ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 2, 2006.

Skosnik gets 5-year prison term

Says he's truly sorry for taking bribes as sheriff's top deputy

Friday, June 02, 2006By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dennis Skosnik didn't have any family members in the courtroom as he stood before a judge to be sentenced.

Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette

Dennis Skosnik, the former chief deputy in the Allegheny County Sheriff's office, arrives for his federal court sentencing yesterday.He did not offer any testimony. There were no character witnesses and no letters on his behalf.

As the former chief deputy in the Allegheny County sheriff's office, Mr. Skosnik, of North Fayette, took bribes to help direct county business to his friends. He forced his underlings to donate to election campaigns. And he advised a witness how to lie during a grand jury investigation.

For all those things, Mr. Skosnik was sentenced yesterday to serve five years and three months in federal prison.

The 54-year-old spoke only briefly when given the chance by Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

"I want to say I am truly sorry, your honor," he said, before deferring to his attorney, G. William Bills.

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