Eight year sentence for former Massachusetts leader

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 09, 2011 12:39 PM
Eight year sentence for former Massachusetts leader

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi to eight years in prison after his conviction on corruption charges, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

DiMasi could have received up to 20 years in prison. He had asked for leniency, based on his record of public service.

DiMasi, a Democrat, was the third consecutive House speaker in Massachusetts to be found guilty of a felony. He held the legislative post from 2004 until he resigned under pressure at the start of 2009.

In June a Boston jury found DiMasi guilty of conspiring to help a software company win state contracts in exchange for kickbacks.

(Reporting by Ross Kerber; Editing by Greg McCune)