PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A former Princess Anne town commissioner's conviction was overturned on Friday, October 17.
According to online court documents, a Court of Special Appeals judge overturned the conviction of former Princess Anne town commissioner, Lionel Frederick, on October 17. The judge said that "If a prosecutor proceeds on a not-guilty agreed statement of facts, he or she should take care to assure that the statement contains evidence to support each element of the crime or crimes charged, or else acquittal necessarily will follow."
Frederick was originally found guilty on extortion charges for trying to extort another town official before an election. Last January, Frederick was sentenced to six months in jail plus $2,500 restitution, but the sentence was subject to change while he appealed.
Frederick was accused of contacting fellow commissioner Dennis Williams about a potential candidate running for Williams seat. Court documents allege that Frederick said he would convince the candidate to not run if Frederick was paid $5,000.
A judge said at the time that the case was interesting considering Frederick's success as the youngest serving town commissioner for Princess Anne; however, he noted Frederick had run-ins with the law including possible assault charges.
Frederick had 30 days to appeal.
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