PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution and defense have now made their sentence recommendations for convicted former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro.

The prosecution recommends a prison sentence of about three years, but the defense wants a non-custodial sentence.

Castro, who was convicted of lying to the FBI about one extortion plot, and he pleaded guilty to a second extortion, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

During trial, a combative and emotional Castro admitted wrongdoing, but said he was enticed by a friend working for the FBI.

The prosecution says Castro violated his oath, and is still blaming others.

But the defense argued sending Castro to prison would be an unspeakable error. It cites his extraordinary 25-year police career, and numerous acts of compassion above and beyond the call of duty.

There are also pleas for mercy from several jurors who convicted Castro.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio

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