Ex-state Senator Newton sentenced to five years in prison for corruption

Former state Senator Ernie Newton was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and three years probation for accepting a $5,000 bribe and other charges. Newton?s attorneys asked the judge for no prison

News 12 Staff

Feb 2, 2006, 11:54 PM

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Ex-state Senator Newton sentenced to five years in prison for corruption
Former state Senator Ernie Newton was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and three years probation for accepting a $5,000 bribe and other charges. Newton?s attorneys asked the judge for no prison time, citing the former lawmaker's contributions to the community. Federal prosecutors, however, asked for the maximum sentence of six years behind bars. They filed an 80-page document accusing Newton of having mob ties and offering political favors for campaign contributions. Newton also admitted filing false tax returns and diverting $13,000 in campaign contributions for personal use, which is considered mail fraud because the financial reporting forms were sent by mail. Before a U.S. District Judge sentenced Newton, the Bridgeport Democrat apologized to his family and community.
Prosecutors feel Newton's crimes were especially bad because he targeted non-profit organizations. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor says those organizations turned to Newton for funding, and he demanded money in return.
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