Warren was heavily criticized for his handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude in the city
Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren admitted Monday that she violated campaign finance rules during her 2017 election campaign and will vacate office by December as part of her plea deal.
The plea deal would also settle the weapons and child endangerment charges he faced, Democrats and Chronicle informed of. The newspaper reported that she could face jail time if she went to trial and was convicted. He did not respond to questions from reporters after the hearing.
In July, Warren and husband Timothy Granison pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a police raid that allegedly saw a rifle and pistol and their 10-year-old daughter share a home alone.
Warren, once seen as a promising Democrat, and two of his co-defendants pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of accepting campaign contributions in excess of the legal limit, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s office. He was to step down in January after losing to a councilor in the primaries in June. Deputy Mayor James Smith is expected to end the remainder of his term.
Jennifer Levke, a reporter for WHEC, tweeted that Warren admitted in court to “deliberately and voluntarily accepting additional campaign money in violation of election law.” Asked how she wanted to plead, she replied, “Guilty, your honor.”
Warren later posted on Facebook, “Leaving the past behind and looking to a brighter future. Thank you, Rochester. We’ve achieved a lot together, but in the end, I thank God that I’m family. I am able to choose. Above all.”
He was heavily criticized in the city for his handling of the suffocating death of Daniel Prude, who died until he stopped breathing, a week after police officers held him against the sidewalk in March 2020. Went. Prud had left his brother’s house and left his clothes on during an apparent mental health episode.
Carrie Cohen, her attorney, called the plea for a misdemeanor—not the initial felony charge—correct to her earlier statement that the money paid to her PAC was not correctly classified, According to the New York Times.
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“There was no allegation of theft of any campaign or other funds by the mayor, or any other person involved in the campaign,” he said.