The Associated Press

Ex-Speaker DiMasi Asks For 3-Year Sentence

BOSTON — Lawyers for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi say three years in prison is enough punishment for his conviction on corruption charges.

The sentencing recommendation is significantly lighter than the 12 1/2 years sought by prosecutors.

DiMasi was convicted in June on charges he used his clout as speaker to steer two lucrative state contracts to a software firm in exchange for payments.

In a sentencing memo filed Friday in U.S. District Court, DiMasi’s lawyers say he “derived a very small personal benefit from the offense,” and has a long record of dedicated public service.

DiMasi, a Democrat who resigned in 2009, was found guilty of conspiracy, extortion and theft of honest services by fraud. He plans to appeal.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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