NEW YORK - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver received a seven-year prison sentence Friday in Lower Manhattan.
Silver was found guilty on all counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and extortion during his May retrial.
He used his influence to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Silver's initial guilty verdict came more than two years ago and resulted in a 12-year prison sentence. That conviction was tossed out after the U.S. Supreme Court redefined the standard for public corruption cases.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in part, "We hope today’s fittingly stiff sentence sends a clear message: brokering official favors for your personal benefit is illegal and will result in prison time. I thank the career prosecutors of this Office for their perseverance in this important case for the people of New York.”