Ex-Police Chief Gets 13 Months in Prison for Obstructing Probe Into Fatal Beating of Undocumented Immigrant

A federal judge sentenced Shenandoah, Penn.'s former police chief to 13 months in prison for hindering an FBI investigation into the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant.

Federal Judge Richard Caputo called sentencing guidelines calling for more than four years in prison "overly harsh" in sentencing former police chief Matthew Nestor on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors charged Nestor and two other officers with helping a group of white high school football players conceal their roles in the 2008 attack on 25-year-old Luis Ramirez.

The players were said to have yelled ethnic slurs at Ramirez during the beating, which prosecutors said was motivated by the youths' determination to get Mexicans out of their town.

Nestor was convicted of falsifying a police report and Lt. William Moyer was found guilty of lying to the FBI. The third officer was acquitted of all charges.

Moyer was to be sentenced later Wednesday.

This was based on a story by The Associated Press.

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