Former Connecticut Governor, WTIC Host John Rowland Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison
March 19, 2015 at 4:19 AM (PT)
Former CONNECTICUT Governor JOHN ROWLAND was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $35,000 for campaign finance conspiracy and obstruction of justice violations WEDNESDAY (3/18), and Judge JANET BOND ARTERTON cited ROWLAND's "shameless" use of his CBS RADIO News-Talk WTIC-A/HARTFORD talk show to promote LISA WILSON-FOLEY's Congressional campaign showed "total contempt" for election laws in handing down the sentence.
ROWLAND, who the judge speculated had a "lust for influence" that led to his actions, faced a maximum 57 year sentence for the charges and must report for his sentence on JUNE 16th; his attorneys said after the hearing that he would appeal.
ROWLAND, who served a prison term for corruption before joining WTIC, was convicted last year in the case, in which he was accused of taking payments from WILSON-FOLEY and trying to do the same from MARK GREENBERG for nonexistent "consulting work" on their Congressional campaigns, using the radio show to promote WILSON-FOLEY's campaign while funneling payments through WILSON-FOLEY's nursing home business and proposing to do the same for GREENBERG for payments directed through GREENBERG's animal rescue organization.