Around 60 people were at the federal courthouse today to support Steven Aiello, but this did little to sway the judge. Aiello was sentenced to three years in prison and given a $500,000 fine.
Over 200 letters were written to the judge in support of Aiello, saying what a huge impact he has made on the community in Syracuse.
Both the judge and the prosecution acknowledged that this was unusual to see such a large support for one man.
The judge rejected the idea that Aiello didn’t know what was going on when he conspired to bribe Percoco to benefit his own company.
The judge pointed to the success of Cor Development and asked if it was so successful because Aiello cheated.
She said while you can’t prove it, this shows why corruption is so serious because it brings past decisions into question.
The judge says she doesn’t believe this was a one-time mistake Aiello made but was a scheme that lasted for months.
She even brought up how Aiello’s son received a pay raise due to Aiello’s corruption. A raise that was paid for by taxpayers who probably deserve a pay raise themselves.
Aiello must report to prison on March 1st but could be allowed out on bail while the appeal process is continuing if his lawyers can persuade the judge at a later date.
The amount of money Aiello will have to forfeit from his part in the bid-rigging process will also be decided at a later date.