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Ex-Paterson mayor gets 5 years in prison

Former Paterson, NJ Mayor Jose Torres was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for instructing employees to work at a private warehouse on the taxpayers’ dime.

Sonia Torres, center, the wife of former Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, reacts as she’s flanked by her daughters during sentencing.AP

Torres, 59, was handed down the sentence by Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable after pleading guilty on Sept. 22 to second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct, according to the Bergen Record.

He is barred from public office and must pay the city $10,000 in restitution, the paper reported.

Three of his co-conspirators pleaded guilty and received three years of probation.

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