Former Conn. Gov. John Rowland Pleads Guilty, Faces Jail

When I first read the news of ex-Conn. Republican Governor John Rowland pleading guilty this morning, there was no mention of the likely sentence. I assumed he made a deal for probation or house arrest. This more recent article says Roland faces 15 to 21 months in jail.

Rowland was accused of allowing state contractors to renovate his beach house and accepting similar perks and then lying about it.

Federal prosecutors last year accused Rowland of accepting free renovations to his vacation cottage as well as charter flights and vacations from a state contractor, and of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service by not paying taxes on the free services.

He stepped down to avoid impeachment. Now Rowland has pleaded guilty to one count of "conspiracy to deprive the state of his honest services."

Rowland was considered as a possible VP choice for Bush in 2000.

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