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Judge: Wilkinson's 30-day jail sentence stands

Police chief loses appeal in district court


A judge has upheld a misdemeanor conviction and 30-day jail sentence for Sidney Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson has been on paid administrative leave since July, after pleading no contest to obstructing government operations.

He appealed his conviction and sentence after being ordered to serve jail time, arguing the sentence was excessive, there was no factual basis for his plea and the complaint against him was insufficient.

In a written order submitted on Tuesday, Judge Travis O'Gorman said Wilkinson's appeal was without merit.

On Wednesday, Wilkinson didn't want to comment on the...

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