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 hte 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, received a one-year prison sentence in relation to the crime. Morse’s defense is asking for a comparable sentence.

His sentencing is scheduled for February 5.

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