Former Newark Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ronald Salahuddin was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to commit extortion by using his official position to steer demolition work to co-defendant Sonnie L. Cooper, a Newark businessman, and obtain contributions to organizations favored by Newark officials, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
A jury returned a guilty verdict against Salahuddin, 61, and Cooper, 69, following a five-week trial in October 2011. Salahuddin and Cooper were both convicted of one count of conspiracy to extort under the color of official right. They were each acquitted of one count of attempted extortion under the color of official right, and two counts of bribery. Salahuddin also was acquitted of an additional count of bribery.
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