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Ex-Capitol View developer's attorney seeks sentencing delay


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Attorneys for embattled West Shore developer David Dodd are seeking another delay in his sentencing before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

He is currently scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in connection with the unfinished Capitol View Commerce Center in Harrisburg, which has a new owner and is now on track for completion.

Attorney Jordan Cunningham of Cunningham & Chernicoff has requested that the court stay that until March 17.

Dodd is "in need of an additional period of time to bring to a conclusion his personal affairs as it is his understanding that under the guideline sentence suggested by the United State Probation Office that he may be sentenced to prison for a significant amount of time," the motion reads.

Northumberland County-based Moran Industries acquired the 8.9-acre tract for less than $300,000 to cover unpaid real estate taxes, closing costs and a small payment for creditors and administrative fees.

The logistics provider is investing about $10 million to finish the structure. It will then be used to house a company logistics center, Moran's headquarters for accounts payable and receivable, and two subsidiaries owned by Moran: engineering firm JDM Consultants and Penn Strategies, a political consulting firm.

About 100,000 square feet of the facility will be available for lease, according to Moran.

Dodd pleaded guilty in 2011 to criminal charges stemming from the project.

Contractors walked off the site in 2008 after not being paid. The project was envisioned as a 215,000-square-foot printing, office and retail facility at Cameron and Herr streets.

Click here to download a PDF file of the motion to extend David Dodd's sentencing.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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hullwood said:
Why do they keep dragging this on??? The taxpayers and local contractors lost millions of dollars. Hopefully he'll be in jail long enough to never be able to use any of it!! It would have been nice if the feds would have found the stash!

February 27, 2014 9:51 am

El_Tigre said:
Agreed, this scumbag screwed everybody. He should have been in jail years ago. Toss him in the can and throw away the key.

February 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Stan K said:
If he is broke as he claims…How much time does he need. He damaged enough lives. Time to say goodbye

February 26, 2014 1:39 pm

vicky said:
Don't you think this crook has had enough time already? Do the crime, pay the time.

February 26, 2014 12:34 pm

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