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Ex-city attorney plans to appeal fake threat conviction

PETERSBURG (AP) A former Petersburg city attorney plans to appeal after being convicted of making up threats to get a city council meeting cancelled.

Lawyer Brian Telfair was found guilty of filing the false report last year, The Progress-Index reported Friday .

Police had said Telfair used a prepaid phone to make the threats. His defense attorney argued that Telfair made the threats under a lot of stress as the city’s dire financial situation was coming to light.

Many citizens and city council members still showed up, expecting a meeting.

Telfair was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended. He also was ordered to pay $7,411 of restitution.

Thomas Johnson, his attorney, said he will continue to defend Telfair through the appeals process.

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