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RI ex-mayor strikes deal to get out of prison

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 12:07 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island ex-mayor convicted of corruption has struck a deal that could free him within days after serving half his two-year prison sentence.

The deal filed Wednesday comes after an appeals court decision threw into question former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau's conviction.

In it, Moreau agrees to plead guilty to a new charge of accepting a bribe. Federal prosecutors recommend a sentence of time served.

Moreau pleaded guilty to accepting a gratuity, but the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in an unrelated case last year that the charge was not a crime.

Moreau's lawyer this month asked a federal judge to vacate the conviction, a move prosecutors say they won't oppose.

The judge must approve any deal. A hearing is scheduled Friday.