Hartford mayor convicted of corruption, steps down

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, center, is shown in Hartford Superior Court on Friday, June 18, 2010 on the second day of jury deliberations in his corruption trial in Hartford, Conn. At left is his attorney Hope Seeley. A Connecticut jury has convicted Perez of corruption charges, including accepting home improvements as a bribe and trying to extort money from a real estate developer.

June 18, 2010 2:49:17 PM PDT
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez says he will step down as mayor after being convicted Friday of of five corruption charges, including taking a bribe and attempted extortion.

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."


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