Assemblyman William Boyland (D-Brooklyn), recently convicted on all 21 counts in his corruption trial, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison earlier today.
Via the New York Times:
William F. Boyland Jr., a former state assemblyman from a political dynasty in Brooklyn, was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years in federal prison in a high-profile corruption case.
The sentencing brought to an end a prolonged legal battle between federal prosecutors and Mr. Boyland, who was acquitted of bribery charges in a federal court in Manhattan in 2011, only to be rearrested in Brooklyn in a case in which undercover agents recorded him asking for bribes.
During the sentencing, Judge Sandra L. Townes of Federal District Court in Brooklyn expressed anger at Mr. Boyland and his conduct, saying that he “clearly had no respect for the law” and that the trial had left her “not seeing any redeeming characteristics of the defendant.”
Judge Townes said she was particularly disturbed that Mr. Boyland, a Democrat, began seeking bribes within days of having been released by the Manhattan court “without skipping a beat.” The judge said Mr. Boyland’s prosecution would serve as a warning to other public officials.
Alright, I totally made that last one up. Even though Ry-Ann Hermon, Boyland’s former Chief of Staff and mistress, provided testimony that helped bring him down. She testified that Boyland used campaign cash for Yoga classes for the couple, as well as accepting her own cash bribe which she said, and I quote, “made me hot.”
Hermon was arrested along with Boyland, but copped a plea in which she was able to testify against him.