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High-Ranking Cop Gets 2½ Years

SAN JOSE (CN) - A former Pacific Grove police commander was sentenced Tuesday to 2½ years in prison for extortion and wire fraud.

John Nyunt, 51, pleaded guilty to the charges in May 2014, and pleaded guilty that December to possession of stolen firearms.

"The case involves Nyunt's abuse of his position with the police department and his attempts to profit illegally from his position of authority," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Pacific Grove, pop. 15,500, is a wealthy seaside community north of Monterey.

In addition to the three federal charges, Nyunt pleaded guilty in state court a year ago to dissuading a person from reporting a crime by threats of violence, being an accessory after the fact to theft and burglary, and being an accomplice to burglary of a business - all felonies. He was sentenced to 3 years in state prison.

Nyunt's federal sentence will run concurrently with his state time. He also was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $10,868 in restitution - $9,000 of it to one of his victims, and $1,867.95 to the Pacific Grove Police Department.

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