The Latest: Bridge case defendant seeks to avoid prison

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Posted: Mar 27, 2017 7:06 PM
The Latest: Bridge case defendant seeks to avoid prison

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on pre-sentencing court filings for two convicted ex-aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie (all times local):

7 p.m.

One of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's former top aides is seeking to avoid prison time after being convicted of corruption in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Bill Baroni is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

In a court filing Monday, attorneys for the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official say he deserves probation and community service.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 37 to 46 months for Baroni and former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly.

Baroni and Kelly were convicted in an alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie in 2013.

Baroni's attorneys say his exemplary personal and professional background should be taken into consideration, as should his assistance to the FBI during a separate corruption investigation more than a decade ago.

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5:15 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say two convicted former allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lied during their corruption trial.

Prosecutors allege in Monday's court filing Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni provided "flagrantly false testimony" during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial last fall.

Kelly and Baroni are to be sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors' filing asks the judge for sentences of roughly three to four years for them.

Kelly was Christie's former deputy chief of staff. Baroni was a top appointee to the authority that runs the bridge. They were convicted of using their positions to cause traffic jams near the bridge in 2013 in a plot against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Christie wasn't charged.

Baroni and Kelly testified they thought the lane realignment was part of a legitimate traffic study.