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Feds Seek Long Prison Terms for Former Long Island D-A, Aide

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking lengthy prison terms for a former Long Island prosecutor and one of his top aides convicted of helping cover up the beating of a suspect.

Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Christopher McPartland were convicted in December 2019 on counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and civil rights violations.

They are scheduled to be sentenced on June 30.

In a court filing Friday, prosecutors say the sentence should be longer than prescribed by sentencing guidelines because it should "reflect the unprecedented magnitude and scope of the defendants’ abuse of power.”