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Former Donovan Aide To Be Sentenced

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Robert Braddock, Jr. outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. The charges relate to Braddock's work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Robert Braddock, Jr. outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. The charges relate to Braddock’s work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A former aide to ex-Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan is facing sentencing in connection with illegal contributions to Donovan’s failed congressional campaign last year.

Robert Braddock Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in New Haven. He was found guilty in May of campaign finance and conspiracy charges.

Braddock was the finance manager for Donovan’s campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Prosecutors say Braddock and seven other co-defendants who pleaded guilty were involved in a scheme that funneled nearly $28,000 to Donovan’s campaign through straw donors in an effort to get Donovan to kill proposed state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own cigarette shops.

Donovan wasn’t charged.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of about four years, while Braddock is seeking probation, home confinement and community service.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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