Former state Senator found guilty of using illegal campaign financing practices

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HARTFORD--Former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernie Newton was found guilty of  three counts of illegal practices in campaign financing on Friday.

Newton, 58, was found not guilty of witness tampering, and the jury was hung on four counts: two counts of first-degree larceny and two counts of illegal campaign practices.

The case was regarding false documents that Newton was said to have submitted in an effort to get more than $80,000 in state campaign funds while running for reelection in 2012. Newton pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Each guilty charge carries a five-year sentence. He will be sentenced on March 13. Newton is out on bond, and will remain out until sentencing because the judge determined he's not a flight risk.

Newtown is a three-time convicted felon. He served five years in prison previously for bribery in 2005.

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