Former East St. Louis official's appeal fails -

Former East St. Louis official's appeal fails

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has turned back a former East St. Louis deputy liquor commissioner's quest to have his five-year federal prison sentence on corruption charges thrown out.  

It was reported that the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld 32-year-old Walter Hill's sentence resulting from his guilty pleas last year to attempted extortion and lying to the FBI. 

Hill was accused of trying to extort money from business owners in the city in exchange for getting or keeping liquor licenses.  

On appeal, Hill argued the district court erred in applying sentencing guidelines, finding he was eligible for stiffer punishment because he was a public official in a high level of decision-making. Hill disagreed.

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