Key player in Rowland payment case will ask for probation

John Rowland and his attorney enter federal court in New Haven, April 11, 2014. (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A key player in the federal conspiracy case that led to the conviction of former Gov. John Rowland faces sentencing that ranges from probation to a year in prison.

Businessman Brian Foley pleaded guilty last March to conspiring with his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and Rowland to hide payments to the former Republican governor for his work on Wilson-Foley’s 2012 congressional campaign.

Foley, who owns a nursing home company, testified against Rowland in September. He said he hid the campaign payments in a $35,000 contract for Rowland to consult with his company.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to consider Foley’s cooperation when imposing a sentence. Foley’s lawyers asked for probation.

His wife is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

Sentencing for Rowland was set for Jan. 7, but was delayed.

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