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Merrimack Valley

February 25, 2014

Convicted Lawrence officer starts prison term

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During the weeklong trial last October, the jury deliberated for three hours before finding Lopez guilty of bribery, obstruction of justice and lying to a federal agent.

Prosecutors wanted Lopez to serve 27 months in prison followed by two years probation. Cain argued a prison sentence would bring financial ruin to Lopez’s family and asked Wolf to impose three years probation.

The maximum penalties, under federal law, is 20 years in prison on the obstruction charge, 10 years on the bribery charge and five years for lying to a federal agent. Each charge carried maximum penalties of $250,000 each.

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