Former state Senator Velella pleads guilty in bribery probe

Guy Velella, who resigned his state Senate post last week on the brink of his bribery trial, pleaded guilty Monday to one felony charge and accepted a year in jail. Velella served the Bronx as well as parts of Westchester County.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges against Velella's ailing 90-year-old father, Vincent, a current member of the New York City Board of Elections.

The 57-year-old former state senator, who pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree conspiracy, also loses his law license as part of the agreement. But since he resigned from the state Senate prior to entering his guilty plea, Velella protects his state pension due to him for his years of service in the state Legislature.<

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