HARRISBURG — Former House Democratic leader Bill DeWeese was sentenced today to 2-1/2 to 5 years in prison for theft and other political corruption charges stemming from the wide-ranging Bonusgate investigation in the Capitol.
In sentencing DeWeese, Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover called the former legislator “the instigator” of the criminal activity, and said he violated the public trust. DeWeese, 62, who resigned his southwestern Pennsylvania legislative seat effective noon Tuesday, has said he will appeal his conviction.
Despite his sentence, DeWeese is running unopposed for his old seat in today’s primary, setting the stage for his name to appear on the November ballot. Even if he is elected in the fall, he will not be able to serve in the legislature unless the courts grant his appeal.