Leibell pleads guilty to fed'l obstruction, tax evasion charges

Former Republican state Sen. Vincent Leibell pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and tax evasion charges in federal court in White Plains yesterday morning.

Leibell, who was to assume the role of Putnam County executive in January, admitted to attempting to influence members of a grand jury investigating corruption claims in Putnam County. He also admitted that he filed false tax returns from 2003 through 2006, failing to report a total of $43,000.

Leibell, 64, resigned from his state Senate seat last week, one month before his term would have officially expired. He faces up to 13 years in prison, but under the plea deals, is expected to serve less than two years.

Leibell is scheduled to be sentenced March 7, 2011.

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