, Salem, MA


April 1, 2014

Former Lantigua aide found guilty


Court officers then handcuffed Degnan, led him from the courtroom and eventually to an Essex County Sheriff’s Department transport van waiting outside the courthouse next to Lawrence City Hall.

Ted Cranney, Degnan’s lead defense attorney, declined comment.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said he was “pleased that the jury appreciated the seriousness of this case,” in a statement issued immediately after the verdicts were handed down.

“This case was not about a trash truck. This case was about corruption and political wrongdoing perpetrated on the citizens of Lawrence,” Blodgett said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Michael Patten and Michael Sheehan.

On the bribery solicitation conviction, Degnan faces up to 10 years in state prison or 21/2 years in Middleton Jail or a fine of up to $100,000. On the remaining three convictions, the maximum sentences are 5 years in state prison or 21/2 years in Middleton Jail and various fines.

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