Pleas Expected In Donovan Case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Two of eight people charged in connection with illegal contributions made to the failed congressional campaign of former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan are expected to plead guilty.

Joshua Nassi of Fairfield, Donovan’s former campaign manager, and Benjamin Hogan of Southington have change of plea hearings scheduled Friday at U.S. District Court in New Haven. They are expected to plead to a single conspiracy count that carries up to five years in prison.

The defendants were 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.

Four others have pleaded guilty.

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