State's highest court refuses to hear former Senator Guy Velella's appeal

The state's highest court refused to hear former state Senator Guy Velella's appeal Thursday.

Velella, who was sent back to Rikers Island last week after a state appellate court upheld a ruling that his release was illegal, will now serve the remainder of his one-year sentence. Velella has already served three months of his sentence for pleading guilty to bribery charges.

The controversy over the former senator's release began when he was let go by former members of the New York City Local Conditional Release Commission. The commission's members have since been replaced.

Meantime, Velella's lawyer said both he and his client are disappointed that the court has chosen not to review the important issues raised in the appeal. He said Velella, who served 18 years as state senator in Westchester and the Bronx, will complete his sentence and looks forward to his freedom.

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