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Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly leader, gets 12 years in prison

Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly leader, gets 12 years in prison

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, capping a steep fall from grace for a consummate backroom dealer who wielded power for over two decades.

A stern Judge Valerie Caproni announced the sentence months after the 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat was convicted in a $5-million corruption case.

She also imposed a $1.75-million fine and a $5.3-million forfeiture.

The conviction represented a stunning plunge for a man who was one of the state's three most powerful political figures for two decades. It...

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