A judge on Tuesday sentenced former Mayor Eddie Perez to three years in prison for taking a bribe and attempted extortion, saying he must be held accountable for his actions despite his good deeds.
. . . Prosecutors said Perez accepted $40,000 in kitchen repairs, bathroom renovations and other home improvements as a bribe from a contractor who wanted to keep a $2.4 million city contract. Then, they say, he lied to investigators and paid half the cost in hopes of deflecting suspicion about the work.
They said Perez also tried to extort $100,000 from a developer for a political ally.
Perez, a Democrat, had faced up to 60 years in prison if given the maximum sentence, but prosecutors asked for five years.
. . . Perez was convicted of receiving a bribe, conspiracy to fabricate evidence, accessory to the fabrication of evidence, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny by extortion.
If your choice for U.S. senate from Connecticut was a long time Democratic incumbent state office holder and political ally of Mayor Perez, or the wrestling executive who never met this crook, who would you be inclined to vote for?