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October 8, 2013

Federal jury convicts Lawrence cop

BOSTON - Lawrence Police Officer P.J. Lopez was found guilty today of all charges in his federal corruption trial.

A jury returned with the verdict just a few hours after closing arguments concluded in federal court in Boston. The trial before Judge Mark Wolf lasted one week.

Lopez was on trial for bribery, obstruction of justice and lying to a federal agent.

Lopez, 47, has been on paid leave from the department since his indictment a year ago.

The jury agreed with the prosecution that he took various kickbacks from M & W Towing Co. of Lawrence in exchange for sending business to the company.

He faces up to 20 years for obstruction of justice; up to five years for lying to a federal agent and up to 10 years for bribery.

He is free until his sentencing on Jan. 14. During that time he can only leave the state to go shopping in Salem, N.H.

For more on this story see tomorrow's edition of The Eagle-Tribune or go to eagletribune.com.

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