RAMAPO – Former city Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence does not should go straight to jail in March to start out serving his 30-month sentence.

St. Lawrence, sixty seven, can ask U.S. District Decide Cathy Seibel to delay his sentence pending the appeal of his conviction and sentence. She sentenced him Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $75,000 fine for securities and wire fraud, and conspiracy.

For St. Lawrence to remain free pending appeal, his attorney, Michael Burke, said he would have to convince Seibel that his client has a high likelihood of convincing a federal appeals court to throw out his May 19 convictions.

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“It’s a high burden to meet,” Burke said Thursday. “She would basically have to agree with me she did something wrong.”

Burke said he had not yet discussed with St. Lawrence whether to file for a stay on the sentence start date.

St. Lawrence remains free on $500,000 bond co-signed by one of his brothers. He must pay $60,000 of the judge’s fine before he enters prison on March 19 and the remainder in monthly installments during his three years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Getting a stay of his prison term will likely be difficult.

Seibel has already rejected Burke’s motion to toss St. Lawrence’s convictions and order a second trial based on his arguments that she made errors that hurt St. Lawrence in front of the jury. Burke’s appeal will include her rulings on evidence and testimony.

Other politicians have seen their reporting to prison delayed pending the…