Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, the second time in 10 days that a powerful legislative leader faced incarceration after a crackdown on state capital corruption. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan imposed the penalty on Skelos, 68, and also sentenced Adam Skelos, his 33-year-old son, to 6-1/2 years in prison following their convictions in December on charges of extortion, fraud and bribe solicitation. Prosecutors had sought a prison term approaching 12-1/2 to 15-2/3 years for Dean Skelos, who was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of parents filed an ethics complaint Thursday against District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson after The Associated Press reported that she asked city contractors for money to support a gala honoring teachers.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will not appeal his conviction or 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case that centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago, his lead attorney said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A father and son who lured a woman and her four teenage daughters to a Utah house and tied them up in the basement before the victims escaped were paranoid after using methamphetamine, police said Thursday as a two-state manhunt for the suspects dragged into a third day.