ALBANY, NY - Joseph Bruno, once one of the most powerful political figures inNew York, has been sentenced to two years in jail on two federalfraud counts.
The 81-year-old Bruno was the Republican leader of the state
Senate for 13 years, controlling that chamber's legislationand billions of dollars in spending.
He was convicted last year of using his office to help abusinessman who paid him as a consultant and in a horse venture,violations of the federal "honest services" law.
Prosecutors urged eight years in prison, while the defensewanted probation. He has agreed to pay $280,000 in restitution.
The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the honest servicesstatute.
Bruno was acquitted of five counts.
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