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Jul 17, 2014 5:31 AM by AP

Judge to hear Bolar's sentencing appeal

A former Gretna City Council member serving 17 years for extorting cash from his constituents has persuaded a federal judge to hear his arguments that he was offered a plea deal with a lesser prison sentence.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports U.S. District Judge Lance Africk has set an Aug. 14 evidentiary hearing in a case involving Jonathan Bolar.

In December Bolar asked Africk to cancel his sentence, on grounds that he received ineffective legal representation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Bolar says if he had pleaded guilty to two of 13 charges, he would have received a 12- to 18-month sentence for failure to file taxes and wire fraud.

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