Sheldon Silver Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is sentenced in a Manhattan courtroom to seven years in prison. 

Silver was convicted in a re-trial in May on public corruption charges.  Prosecutors had been asking for Silver to get more than ten years behind bars. This is the second time Silver's been convicted on these charges.  

After his first conviction, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni. That jury's decision was overturned by a Supreme Court ruling after a narrowing of the law. Prior to this most recent sentencing, Silver had written a letter to the judge saying "I pray I will not die in prison".

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son are awaiting sentencing after their convictions.

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