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Former Fla. mayor pleads guilty, gets probation

Posted at 9:03 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 21:03:00-04

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Former Boynton Beach Mayor Jose Rodriguez has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty in two separate criminal cases.


      A judge also ordered Rodriguez on Friday to pay more than $100,000 in restitution and 59 days in jail. Rodriguez' attorney said his client will serve house arrest instead.


      Rodriguez was suspended from office in 2012 following charges that he pressured authorities to stop an investigation into allegations that he abused his then-11-year-old stepdaughter. The allegations were unfounded, but Rodriguez was charged with misusing his power as mayor.


      He was also was arrested in a separate case where prosecutors allege he defrauded a bank in a condo sale.


      The Palm Beach Post reports Rodriguez is barred from seeking public office under the plea deal.