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Brian Foley sentenced to 3 years of probation for his role in Rowland campaign fraud case

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Businessman Brian Foley arrives at court on Friday. (WFSB) Businessman Brian Foley arrives at court on Friday. (WFSB)
Lisa Wilson-Foley will be sentenced next week for her role in Rowland campaign fraud case. (WFSB File Photo) Lisa Wilson-Foley will be sentenced next week for her role in Rowland campaign fraud case. (WFSB File Photo)
Former Gov. John Rowland was set to be sentenced on Jan. 7, but was delayed. (WFSB file photo) Former Gov. John Rowland was set to be sentenced on Jan. 7, but was delayed. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Businessman Brian Foley was sentenced to three years of probation for his role in the campaign fraud case involving former Gov. John Rowland.  

Foley, 63, of Simsbury, pleaded guilty last March to conspiring with his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and Rowland to hide payments to the former Republican governor for his work on Wilson-Foley's 2012 congressional campaign.

Foley, who owns a nursing home company, testified against Rowland in September. He said he hid the campaign payments in a $35,000 contract for Rowland to consult with his company.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to consider Foley's cooperation when imposing a sentence. Foley's lawyers asked for probation.

On Friday afternoon, a judge determined that Foley will not serve jail time and will spend three months in a halfway house. He will have to a $30,000 fine. 

Before the sentencing, Foley said "now is the time for remorse" and added that he was "ashamed and deeply regret the course I took."

"I wanted more than anything for my wife to become congressman," Foley told the judge. "That's why I conjured up this scheme"

When sentencing foley, Judge Bond Arterton said "cooperation may have been late to the party," but "when it started, it was key"

Hubie Santos, who is the lawyer for Foley, said Friday's sentencing was fair. 

"Considering everything this was a fair sentence," Santos said. "The judge is very concerned about campaign violations. This was a serious matter."

Two friends spoke on Foley's behalf.  

"He's a good man," said Tyler Jones, who is Foley's friend. "Hopefully he's OK with the judge's settlement."

After court as Foley was making it to his car, he said that he was not going to comment and let his lawyer speak on his behalf. 

Foley's wife is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

Sentencing for Rowland was set for Jan. 7, but was delayed.

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