Former St. Louis-area officer convicted of federal charges

11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago January 28, 2016 Jan 28, 2016 Thursday, January 28 2016 Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:29:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A fired suburban St. Louis police lieutenant has been convicted of conspiring to arrest a mayoral candidate on false allegations.

The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 35-year-old Steven Blakeney was found guilty Thursday of three criminal civil rights charges.

Prosecutors said the false arrest happened in March 2013 while Blakeney was working for the Pine Lawn police force. Witnesses testified during his trial that he ordered another person to falsely report that the mayoral candidate had stolen a campaign poster from a business and arranged for the candidate to be arrested.

The candidate wasn't named in the release. But during the April 2015 corruption trial of former Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell, a witness testified that he helped frame Nakisha Ford, who was running against Caldwell.

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