Disgraced ex-state Sen. Leibell sentenced to 21 months in prison
Former state Sen. Vincent Leibell was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today after pleading guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and tax evasion in Dec. 2010.
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Leibell, who was to assume the role of Putnam County executive in January, admitted that he had tried to sway members of a grand jury who were investigating corruption claims in Putnam. He also admitted that he filed false tax returns from 2003-2006, failing to report a total of $43,000.
Term-limit reform, which limits county lawmakers and the county executive to a total of 12 years in office, was enacted in Putnam County in the wake of Leibell's arrest.
Leibell, 64, also was sentenced to three years probation. He resigned from his state Senate seat one month before his term would have officially expired.