Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver received a prison sentence of 6 1/2 years on Monday, as the Democrat was found guilty of extensive corruption.
U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni issued the sentence for Silver, hoping that it would “send a message to Albany” that this type of corrupt behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. In addition to the sentence, she is issuing him a fine of $1 million.
“This was corruption pure and simple,” Caproni said.
Caproni noted Silver’s tremendous hypocrisy throughout his various sentencing hearings. Recently, his legal team has attempted to use COVID-19 as an excuse for Silver to skirt justice. Caproni was not buying it, although she did spare him of the 17 to 22 years called for by federal sentencing guidelines. He lamented publicly that he tarnished his career in public service.
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