Former legislator Roger Corbin sentenced in bribery case
A Nassau Supreme Court judge sentenced former legislator Roger Corbin to two to six years for receiving a bribe and official misconduct Tuesday.
In 2012, three New Cassel leaders - Roger Corbin, Patrick Williams and Neville Mullings - were found guilty of benefiting politically or taking hundreds of thousands in bribes from developer Ranjan Batheja after he won the bid to redevelop downtown New Cassel more than 10 years ago.
Williams, another former Nassau legislator, was sentenced to a year for conspiracy. Neville Mullings, then director of North Hempstead's Community Development Agency, was sentenced to nine months for conspiracy and official misconduct.
Both Williams and Mullings addressed the judge and still defended their innocence.
All three defendants are ordered to be back on Thursday to begin their sentences, but chances are that won't happen. Attorneys for each of the men say they plan to appeal the sentences.
"The process still continues because now the appellate court will have a chance to look at the evidence and lack of evidence in this case," said Fred Brewington, Corbin's attorney.