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April 3, 2014

Degnan jailed for 18 months; barred from running for office again

LAWRENCE — Leonard J. Degnan, former chief of staff to ousted mayor William Lantigua, was sentenced to 18 months in jail today and fined $10,00 for bribery and other crimes.

Degnan, who once served as interim mayor and a city councilor, was also barred from running for public office again.

The North Andover resident could have received 10 years in prison on the bribery charge, plus a fine of $100,000.

In Lawrence Superior Court this morning, the prosecution asked for a sentence of three to four years in state prison and a $50,000 fine.

Degnan pleaded for mercy from Judge Douglas Wilkins.

"The biggest thing in my life is my family and my faith," he said. "I'm a good person. I've always lived a good life ."

Wilkins told Degnan, "These crimes go to the heart of our social compact ... These are serious crimes."

But he also noted that Degnan had co-conspirators and "does not appear to be driving force behind these crimes."

A jury of six men and six women convicted Degnan Monday of bribery, conspiracy, soliciting a bribe and unlawful use of official position. He was found not guilty of extortion.

The jury heard testimony that Degnan pressured a trash hauler with a $6.4 million contract with the city to give two trash trucks to the city of Tenares in the Dominican Republic. The company later donated one truck.



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