Once a rising Democrat following his induction at mere 23 years old, an ex-Massachusetts mayor was sentenced to six years of being taken into custody on Tuesday. This is following being pronounced guilty of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses. The judge decided on the sanction for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia following declaring numerous convictions rooted in claims that the 29-year-old committed fraud towards investors who supported a smartphone application he developed.
Swindling Marijuana Vendors
The sentencing was declared following prosecutors asking for 11 years. According to prosecutors, after upholding the mayoral role back in 2016, he conspired a pay-to-play plot that involved bribes from marijuana vendors in return for letters of approval from the Fall River. Assistant US Attorney Zach Hafer asked for the imprisonment of 11 years. He was dubious regarding how anything other than conceit and greed could justify the actions of Correia as the former mayor had a large income from his work and family support.
“Absolute Lack of Remorse”
Correia displayed no emotion as the judge declared his punishment. US District Judge Douglas Woodlock criticized Correia’s actions as old-style corruption. According to the judge, under Correia’s tenure, ”City Hall was for sale” and condemned his less than remorseful attitude. Woodluck asked, “If we can’t trust each other, if we can’t trust our government, where are we?”
Correia affirmed that he was not guilty and that the “real truth” will eventually be unveiled. He did not make a statement during the hearing in a federal court in Boston. He remains to be disputing his remaining convictions.