Newton, known for his flamboyant suits and outspoken style, pleaded guilty in September to bribery, tax evasion and mail fraud.
Newton's attorney, Salvatore DePiano, asked Nevas to sentence Newton to community service and home confinement. Federal prosecutors urged a longer sentence.
"We're talking about a long, pervasive, extensive pattern of corrupt conduct," said prosecutor James Finnerty. "He sold his office. It was Newton Inc., open for business 24-7." (AP)
Newton also apologized and downplayed allegations he had made earlier that the charges against him were racially motivated.
So it ends here, at least for now. He'll go to jail (for a lot longer than John Rowland, by the way) and pay the price for his crimes.
Newton, as I've said before, is a tragedy and a paradox. He was one of the most outspoken supporters of the disenfranchised in this state, and yet he had no problem exploiting the downtrodden (and others) for his own financial gain. We can just shake our heads, really.
"Newton Sentenced To Five Years." Associated Press