Former mayor’s defense team asks for leniency

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COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is asking for leniency ahead of his sentencing.

In a letter to the court, Morse’s defense team sites his decades of public service and the previous work he did for the city of Cohoes, including his time as a firefighter.

Morse pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for his personal use back in August.

His campaign treasurer Ralph Signoracci was sentenced to one year of probation for his role in the theft of campaign money for Morse’s personal use. Morse’s defense is asking for a comparable sentence.

His sentencing is scheduled for February 5.

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