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U.S. attorney demands prison for ex-Erie City Council head Arrington

  • Ex-Erie City Council President Sonya Arrington gets sentenced in federal fraud case on Tuesday
  • Defense wants no more than house arrest
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, in new filing, seeks prison term of 27-33 months, says Arrington “failed miserably” at being “model of integrity”

For the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Erie, the damage from Erie City Council President Sonya Arrington’s fraud case extends from her nonprofit to City Hall.

The office is citing Arrington’s public position, as well as her refusal to resign from council following her indictment in 2018, in requesting that a judge sentence her to a prison term within the recommended guidelines.

The guidelines call for a minimum of two years and three months and a maximum of two years and nine months when Arrington gets sentenced in U.S. District Court in Erie this coming Tuesday.

Arrington wants no more than house arrest in her fraud case, in which she pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her anti-violence nonprofit, including when she was on City Council.

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