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Sentencing delayed for former Mercer D.A.

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The sentencing date for former Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson initially set for Wednesday, has been delayed until next month.

The sentencing hearing for Karson has been reset for March 20 at the request of his attorney.

Karson,73, was convicted of ten criminal charges last month following a trial in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

Karson was initially facing 17 misdemeanor charges, including obstruction of government functions, officially oppressing an arrest or search warrant, and hindering prosecution.

The criminal complaint filed in October in Mercer County Magisterial Court alleged that Karson used his position as the D.A. to influence several investigations and/or charges against a woman, whom the complaint says Karson was in a romantic relationship with.

Karson was also accused of attempting to intervene in a case in which the woman was accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a local business. In that instance, the complaint says that Karson told the victim of the theft to "be lenient" and to "feel sorry" for the woman.

In a separate allegation, the criminal complaint says that on two separate occasions Karson arrived at the scene of car accidents involving the woman and sent her away before she could be tested for driving under the influence. The complaint says that on both occasions she was suspected of being under the influence.

Some court testimony alleged that Karson convinced a high-ranking police officer not to write a report.

Karson submitted his resignation following his conviction.  

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