By JOHN MCLOUGHLIN
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LATHAM, N.Y. -- One day after he was convicted of federal corruption charges, Joe Bruno is stepping down as the CEO of CMA Consulting, the Latham-based firm that is owned by his good friend, Kay Stafford, widow of Sen. Ron Stafford.
The company has numerous information technology contracts with New York and other states.
On Monday, Bruno was convicted of two of the eight felony corruption charges brought against him by the U.S. Attorney's office.
James Walker, one of the jurors in the Bruno case, tells NEWS10 that he was one of several jurors who were ready to acquit the former majority leader on all eight counts. But Walker says he and the others eventually were convinced by other jurors that Bruno had indeed broken the law when he accepted $200,000 in fees from businessman Jared Abbruzzese.
The prosecutor claimed it was an illegal gift and Bruno performed no services.
Walker said he had trouble looking at Bruno as the jury entered the courtroom to render its verdicts.
Bruno will be sentenced on March 31st and he could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000- fine on each of the two counts.