Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia seeks delay in trial
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Former Fall River Mayor, Jasiel Correia, is looking to delay his political corruption case to next spring, due to the coronavirus.
The trial has already been delayed twice due to the pandemic and is currently slated to begin January 13.
Correia and his attorney were in Boston Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, when they made their request.
The former mayor faces a slew of charges, including extorting prospective marijuana vendors in Fall River for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bribes.
The extortion scheme happened in 2019, when Correia was already under indictment for allegedly defrauding investors for his smartphone app, ‘Sno Owl,’ which is now defunct.
Correia took a leave of absence from his mayoral duties in 2019, before then suspending his campaign for re-election.
In 2019, Paul Coogan was elected mayor over Correia, whose name still appeared on the ballot.
As of now, the trial looks to begin on January 13, with several pre-trial hearings expected before that.