By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — A former software salesman whose testimony was instrumental in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the scheme.

Joseph Lally was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier and cooperating with federal prosecutors in exchange for a lighter penalty. His prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay a $50,000 fine.

Prosecutors had recommended 28 months in prison. Defense attorneys wanted a one-year sentence followed by six months of home confinement. Lally could have faced more than 10 years under federal guidelines.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Lally testified about a scheme to use DiMasi’s political clout to steer two state contracts to Cognos in exchange for kickbacks. DiMasi is appealing his sentence of eight years in prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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