A former state representative from Everett was sentenced in US District Court in Boston today to four months in prison for rigging absentee ballot applications in two elections that he won.
Stephen Smith, 57, a married father of four, will also serve a year of probation and must pay a $20,000 fine. He was ordered to report to a prison to be designated by the US Bureau of Prisons by May 21.
US Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin said in handing out the sentence that Smith had betrayed the trust of his constituents in Everett.
“Fair and honest elections are really the foundation of our society,” Sorokin said.
Smith apologized, looking back at his family members, including his four children, some of whom were in tears.
“I am very sorry,” he said. “I hope and pray in time things will get better.”
Smith resigned from his legislative post effective Jan. 1, when he would have begun a new term after winning an uncontested election in November.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, he will not seek elected office for five years. Milton J. Valencia can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.