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Sheriff: Deputy suspended for 60 days for letting convicted murderer talk to mother


SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — Officials say a northeastern Pennsylvania sheriff's deputy has been suspended for 60 days for allowing a man convicted of murder to talk to his mother while he was being transported from one prison to another.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that the call was made after 24-year-old Neil Pal was convicted in Lackawanna County of first-degree murder in the death last year of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci.

Sheriff Mark McAndrew said the call violated a written policy on transporting inmates and was what he called "a major security breach." The deputy told WNEP-TV that he didn't know it was against the rules.

Pal and another man were convicted of killing Bonacci and launching a sport utility vehicle with the body down a 72-foot ravine, where it was found later.

Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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