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...