TRENTON – A former deputy commissioner of the Department of Corrections was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for his role in a scheme to obtain cash in exchange for securing a person’s continued employment.
Lydell Sherrer, 53, of Neptune, was sentenced by a federal court judge to 46 months in prison for attempting to secure $10,000 from an employee in exchange for securing that person’s job within the department or its private contractor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Sherrer previously pleaded guilty to extortion after he was charged in a 12-count indictment for bribery and extortion. Authorities alleged he solicited money from five separate employees or former employees of the DOC in 2010 in exchange for his official action and assistance.
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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