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Former Assemb. William Boyland sentenced to 14 years in prison

Brooklyn Assemb. William Boyland Jr. leaves federal court

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

Former Assemb. William Boyland was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday in Brooklyn federal court for agreeing to take bribes in an FBI sting operation and claiming $71,000 in phony expenses as a state legislator.

U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes handed down the sentence -- the latest in a string of Albany corruption cases, and longer than the terms imposed on better known politicians such as former Senate leaders Pedro Espada and Malcolm Smith, who got 5 and 7 years respectively.

"This defendant had no respect for the law," Townes said. "The defendant betrayed the trust of the office and his constituents."

Boyland, 45, a Democrat who represented Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood for more than a decade, was convicted last year of 21 felony counts.

In addition to the bribery and phony expense schemes, he was found guilty of diverting state funds intended for a nonprofit into his political war chest.

Prosecutors asked Townes to sentence him to more than 19 years, arguing that his separate schemes each merited separate jail time.

The government also said he committed the crimes while facing charges in another case, he never fully accepted responsibility, and that he improperly communicated with a witness during his trial.

"He is a perfect storm of corruption," prosecutor Marisa Seifan told the judge.


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