Fall River Ex-Mayor to Get Some Convictions Tossed at Sentencing
BOSTON — A federal judge on Monday said he planned to toss several convictions against former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia.
The ex-mayor was elected at just 23 years old, and was convicted by a jury in May of bilking investors and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses.
U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock said he intended to overturn eight counts of the jury’s guilty verdict against Correia that the judge said prosecutors failed to prove during trial.
The counts thrown out include six counts of wire fraud and two counts of tax fraud.
Correia would remain convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, extortion conspiracy and extortion.
Now 29 and newly married, Correia maintains that he is innocent.
He is now expected to be sentenced on Tuesday.
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