The one-time gang leader who escaped an impoverished childhood to become Hartford's first Latino mayor faces up to 60 years in prison, with each of the five counts carrying a minimum of one year in jail. The six-person Hartford Superior Court jury acquitted him of one count of tampering with evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
Perez issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying he he did not feel it was in his best interests to continue as mayor during the appeal of my case.
He said, "I will formally notify the City Council shortly of my decision to relinquish my duties."