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Martineau sentenced; Oster an apparent suicide

Both via BeloBlog:

PROVIDENCE -- Former House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau this morning was sentenced to 37 months in prison on corruption charges.

Judge Mary M. Lisi also ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine and serve two years of supervised probation following his release.

He will have to report to a prison to be determined by 2 p.m. March 14.

Martineau, a longtime state representative from Woonsocket, pleaded guilty in November to corruption charges for steering legislation that benefited the CVS drugstore chain and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, with which he had plastic and paper bag contracts worth more than $800,000.

Martineau was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Providence. He faced a maximum of 46 months and a fine of $1.8 million on each count.

Elsewhere:

Former [Lincoln] Town Administrator Jonathan F. Oster, who was convicted yesterday of bribery and conspiracy, is dead, the victim of an apparent suicide, Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said.

Almond gave no other details and said the matter is being handled by State Police.

A Superior Court jury returned its verdict yesterday afternoon, after deliberating less than two days. It found him guilty two counts of bribery and two counts of extortion for actions he took while town administrator from 2000-2002.

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