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    Perzel’s former chief of staff pleads guilty to felony charges

    As expected, Paul Towhey, former House Speaker John Perzel’s chief of staff, entered a guilty plea today for his role in the “computergate” scandal in which Perzel and nine others were charged with using taxpayer dollars to finance partisan campaign work.

    Towhey admitted guilty to one count each of criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest, as the Patriot-News reports. He faces up to five years in prison for each count and the loss of his state pension.

    Samuel “Buzz” Stokes, Perzel’s brother-in-law and the ex-state rep’s former campaign manager; and Don McClintock, a former campaign aide; pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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