Former Petersburg city attorney appeals false police report conviction

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A former Petersburg city attorney said Saturday that he plans to appeal after he was convicted Friday of making up threats to get a city council meeting canceled back in 2016.

Brian Telfair was convicted Friday of filing a false police report.

State Police who investigated the incident said Telfair used a prepaid phone to make the threats. Telfair’s attorney argued that he made the threats under a lot of stress as the city’s dire financial situation was coming to light.

Many citizens and city council members still showed up, expecting the meeting to happen as planned.

As a result, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended. He was also ordered to pay $7,411 in restitution.

The conviction comes after Telfair lied about threats made towards city council in 2016.

“We received a phone call related to physical harm being threatened against certain city officials,” Telfair told 8News at the time. Telfair also said that a racial slur aimed at the city surfaced online but made no specific threat.

Former Petersburg city attorney charged with filing false police report

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