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Prison Ahead for State Senator’s Former Staffer

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CN) - The former chief of staff for state Sen. Vincent Leibell will serve four months in federal prison for obstructing a grand jury investigation of boss, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Leibell is serving 21 months in federal prison for extorting kickbacks, and being caught on tape asking a county attorney to lie about it to the grand jury.

Raymond Maguire, 47, pleaded guilty to a one-count federal information in September. Maguire returned from Afghanistan, where he was serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, to enter his plea.

Maguire was Leibell's chief of staff from 2005 until December 2010, when Leibell resigned.

Leibell steered millions of dollars in state money to a nonprofit that he partly controlled, and Maguire helped administrate, and the nonprofit in turn gave nearly $10 million in "lucrative construction work" to "a favored contractor," prosecutors said in a statement announcing Maguire's guilty plea.

The state money and the contractor used the money to help Leibell build himself a $1.7 million house in Putnam County, prosecutors said.

Maguire will also serve four months of home confinement after he gets out of prison.

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