Ex-assembly speaker sentenced to 6 1/2 years

Ex-assembly speaker sentenced to 6 1/2 years
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. (Source: WWNY)

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

The sentencing Monday by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni came after she insisted that the 76-year-old Democrat come to court rather than appear remotely.

In a handwritten letter to the judge, Silver had asked that he be spared a prison term that would cause him to die in prison.

Prosecutors had urged that he go to prison for seven years for his bribery and extortion conviction.

A 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal but Silver was convicted again in 2018.

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