Former Fall River mayor sentenced to 6 years in prison
BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) – Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday.
His sentencing continued a second day after U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock threw out eight of his original 21 charges he had been convicted of in May.
The 29-year-old, seen walking out of court hand-in-hand with his wife following the sentence, making no comment to reporters.
Woodlock not mincing any words in in court on Tuesday, calling Correia a ‘narcissist’- adding throughout the entire trial he has showed no regard for any of the victims.
Correia made no comment in court after being advised not to by his attorney.
As of Wednesday, the former mayor has still not been given a self-surrender date. Judge Woodlock said this date will be provided shortly- guessing this could be around early December.
During closing statements before the sentencing, prosecutors arguing 11 years is appropriate for the former mayor- as he had some ‘chutzpa’ to continue to scheme even when he knew he was under investigation by law enforcement.
Defense, asking for 3 years, saying while his actions cannot be excused, he did a lot for the city during his time as mayor. The attorney, adding there is hope for change in Correia’s future, and the court should ‘give that room to grow’.
Woodlock said sentencing Correia to anything lesser than this would set a bad precedent for others.
“If we can’t trust each other, if we can’t trust our government, where are we?” said Woodlock.