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Another Guilty Plea In Donovan Scandal

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Chris Donovan (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

Chris Donovan (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Wolcott contractor has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection with alleged illegal contributions to the failed congressional campaign of former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Monteiro entered the plea in New Haven federal court Wednesday. The head of Villwell Builders in Waterbury faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced June 12.

Monteiro was one of eight people charged last summer with conspiring to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat last year through straw donors. Prosecutors say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops.

Donovan wasn’t charged, but his campaign manager and top legislative aide were arrested.

Three others have pleaded guilty.

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