From the NY Times:
Santo Petrocelli Sr., the former owner and chairman of a company that received millions of dollars to install and maintain city street lights and traffic signals, was sentenced on Monday to three months in prison for making tens of thousands of dollars in payments to Brian M. McLaughlin, the former assemblyman and union leader who is now serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for racketeering.
Mr. Petrocelli was a founder and owner of the Petrocelli Electric Company, based in Long Island City, Queens, which hired workers represented by Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where Mr. McLaughlin was a business representative. Mr. Petrocelli, who is known as Sandy, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. The sentence was issued by Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Mr. Petrocelli pleaded guilty on July 31 to one count of making illegal payments to a union official. He admitted that he knew the payments — not only cash, but also the use of a company car — were illegal.
In imposing the sentence, Judge Cedarbaum said she sought to discourage anyone “who may be tempted, as Mr. Petrocelli was tempted,” from “being drawn into supporting a corrupt union official over many, many years.”
How is a 3-month sentence discouraging?
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