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Former Pine Lawn lieutenant sentenced for falsely arresting mayoral candidate

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A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Steven Blakeney, a former police officer who allegedly punched a man outside a downtown St. Louis bar (Credit: KMOV). A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Steven Blakeney, a former police officer who allegedly punched a man outside a downtown St. Louis bar (Credit: KMOV).

PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Former Pine Lawn Lieutenant Steven Blakeney has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of violating the civil rights of a former mayoral candidate.

Blakeney was accused of conspiring with others to arrest a mayoral candidate on false allegations and without probable cause in 2013.

According to court documents, he organized the arrest of Nakisha Ford by forcing a convenience store owner to make up a story that Ford stole a campaign poster for then mayor Sylvester Caldwell.  Ford lost the election to Caldwell two days later.

In January, Blakeney, 36, was convicted on charges of conspiracy, deprivation of rights and falsification of records.

Thursday, Blakeney was sentenced to 51 months in prison.

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