Politi­cian gets 3 years in pri­son

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Af­ter tear­fully declar­ing him­self a dis­grace, for­mer Rhode Is­land House Speaker Gor­don Fox was sen­tenced to three years in pri­son for cor­rup­tion, say­ing he had been driven by greed, a de­sire to keep up with the Jone­ses and “just plain stu­pid­ity.”

The sen­tenc­ing brings to a close the fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a man once con­sid­ered the most pow­er­ful per­son in state gov­ern­ment.

He rep­re­sented the city of Prov­i­dence for 11 terms in the House and be­came the na­tion’s first openly gay House speaker in 2010.

Fox, 53, pleaded guilty in March to charges of bribery, wire fraud and fil­ing a false tax re­turn.

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