Ex-Pater­son mayor gets 5 years in prison

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

A tear­ful former mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city apol­o­gized and said he was em­bar­rassed be­fore a judge sen­tenced him to five years in prison for di­rect­ing city em­ploy­ees to do work at a ware­house leased by his daugh­ter and nephew.

The judge on Tues­day also or­dered former Pater­son Mayor Jose “Joey” Tor­res to for­feit fu­ture pub­lic em­ploy­ment and pay the city $10,000. Tor­res had pleaded guilty in Septem­ber to con­spir­acy to com­mit of­fi­cial mis­con­duct.

The Demo­crat said his lack of judg­ment led to the charges and he said he was sorry.

Tor­res served five terms on Pater­son’s City Coun­cil be­fore he was elected mayor in 2002 over in­cum­bent Martin Barnes. Barnes pleaded guilty and went to prison for charges stem­ming from a kick­back scheme.

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