Judge tosses some convictions against ex-Massachusetts mayor

MAYOR CHARGED

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday tossed out several convictions against the Massachusetts mayor elected at just 23 years old who was found guilty by jurors of bilking investors and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock overturned eight counts of the jury’s guilty verdict against against ex-Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia that the judge said prosecutors failed to prove during trial.

Corriea, who maintains he is innocent, remains convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, extortion conspiracy and extortion, but the trimming of his convictions will undoubtedly impact the punishment he receives.

Correia, now 29, was expected to be sentenced on Monday, but the judge said he was unpersuaded that there was enough evidence to back up several fraud counts against him stemming from allegations that Correia misused money he got from investors who backed his smartphone app called “SnoOwl” on lavish purchases for himself