Ex-Massachusetts police chief headed to prison

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police chief convicted of extortion is heading to prison despite a last-ditch effort to delay his sentence over health and security concerns.

Former Lee Chief Joseph Buffis was sentenced last month to 27 months behind bars and given a month to surrender.

He was taken into custody Tuesday after a federal judge in Springfield rejected his lawyer’s motion to delay the sentence over concerns about adequate care for his medical conditions in prison and concerns that he may be housed with inmates he helped convict.

Buffis was convicted last year of extorting innkeepers facing prostitution charges into making a $4,000 donation to a police holiday toy fund for needy children in exchange for dropping the investigation. He was acquitted of 10 other charges including fraud and money laundering.

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