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Prosecutors seek 12 years in jail for DiMasi

The sentence recommendation would be “most severe sentence ever” in a political corruption case here, prosecutors say.

If prosecutors have their way, former state House speaker Sal DiMasi will spend more than 12 years behind bars.

In their sentencing memo filed today, prosecutors with the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz said DiMasi should spend 151 months in jail following his conviction for public corruption.

“DiMasi’s sentence should reflect the seriousness of his offense, promote respect for the law, provide just punishment, and afford adequate deterrence,” prosecutors wrote in the sentencing memo.

DiMasi, 66, took bribes while serving as speaker.

Prosecutors also wrote that the sentence would be the most severe sentence ever imposed in a political corruption case in the District of Massachusetts.

In a separate filing, prosecutors recommended DiMasi’s codefendant, Richard McDonough, be sentenced to 10 years in jail and pay a fine of $25,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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