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Feds seek at least 235-month sentence for ex-Brownsville Assemb. William Boyland for bribery, fraud

Brooklyn Assemb. William F. Boyland Jr. leaves Brooklyn

Brooklyn Assemb. William F. Boyland Jr. leaves Brooklyn federal court on March 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Bryan Smith

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn want former Assemb. William Boyland to get at least 235 months in prison for his bribery and fraud convictions -- more than the total combined corruption sentences of former Democratic Sens. Carl Kruger, Malcolm Smith and Pedro Espada.

Boyland, a Democrat who represented Brownsville, was convicted last year of taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent, diverting state funds intended for a nonprofit into his political campaign, and claiming more than $70,000 in phony mileage and per diem expenses.

The government, in a sentencing memorandum filed late Thursday, told U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes she should impose a prison term in the range recommended by federal sentencing guidelines of 235 to 293 months. Boyland has requested a sentence "substantially below" the guidelines.

Espada was sentenced to 5 years after being convicted of looting a nonprofit health provider in the Bronx. Kruger received 7 years after pleading guilty to a $1 million bribery scheme. Smith received 7 years for a bribery plot to win a spot in the Republican mayoral primary in New York City.

Townes is scheduled to sentence Boyland on Sept. 11.


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