BOSTON (AP) — A onetime celebrated young Massachusetts mayor has been convicted of swindling investors out of tens of thousands of dollars and extorting marijuana vendors. Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was found guilty of extortion and fruad on Friday by a jury after 23 hours of deliberations in Boston’s federal court. Correia had insisted since his 2018 arrest that he was innocent and blamed the charges on his political foes he claimed wanted to bring him down. The trial put a spotlight on Correia’s dramatic rise and fall in Fall River, where he was first elected mayor at age 23 in 2015. He was also found not guilty on three of the counts against him.
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