Bill DeWeese must report to begin serving his prison term on Monday at 1:30 p.m., according to an order issued Friday.
Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover entered the order denying DeWeese's motion to defer beginning his sentence until a motion for bond pending appeal of his recent convictions is decided. The former state legislator, who represented Greene County and part of Fayette County in the House, was sentenced to serve 2 ½ to 5 years behind bars for using state employees to do campaign work.
The 62-year-old Waynesburg man, through his attorney, has an appeal of the conflict of interest and theft convictions pending before Hoover, and had asked the jurist to allow him to remain free as his appeals work their way through the legal system. On Monday, Hoover issued an order giving prosecutors from the state attorney general's office five days from the receipt of his order to respond to the request for bond, and 14 days to respond to the request for a new trial.
In the interim, defense attorney Bill Costopoulos asked Hoover to postpone DeWeese's scheduled reporting date until the bond issue was resolved.
Prosecutors alleged that between 2001 and 2006, DeWeese used state employees to do campaign-related tasks. He was ordered to pay $117,000 in restitution and fined $25,000 in addition to his prison term.
DeWeese was sentenced on primary election day, which is the same day he turned in his resignation from the seat he'd held for 35 years. After his sentencing, DeWeese was no longer eligible to serve.
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