3 Pa. GOP corruption defendants get probation

    The first three of the remaining Republicans convicted in Pennsylvania’s government corruption scandal won’t be going to jail.

    At a hearing Monday, a Dauphin County judge sentenced Paul Towhey, Samuel Stokes and Donald McClintock to as much as five years’ probation and ordered fines and, in some cases, restitution.
    All three men had pleaded guilty under agreements that required them to cooperate with prosecutors.

    Judge Richard Lewis said he was impressed by the level of their cooperation and by their remorse over what they had done.

    Stokes is the brother-in-law of convicted former House Speaker John Perzel and helped run Perzel’s Philadelphia campaign office. He and Towhey, a former Perzel chief of staff, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and conspiracy.

    McClintock, a Perzel campaign aide, pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

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