Former Queens State Senator and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is spending the next seven years of his life behind bars. He was sentenced Wednesday for after being found guilty earlier this year on bribery, wire fraud and extortion charges.
In 2013 Smith was arrested when he tried to bribe Republican leaders in exchange for their authorization to let him run for New York City mayor on the Republican ticket. That would have put him up against eventual Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota in the primaries.
Vincent Tabone, co-defendant and former executive vice president of the Queens County Republican Party, was also found guilty of wire fraud, bribery and witness tampering.
Smith began his political career in 2000 when he was first elected to the New York State Senate representing the 10th District in Queens. He was elected majority leader in 2007.
In June 2014 a mistrial was declared, however during his retrial, a jury found him guilty in February.
He ran for reelection even though he was indicted losing to former City Council Member Leroy Comrie.
Smith begins his prison sentence on September 21.