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McDonald found guilty on charges of embezzlement, conspiracy

January 15, 2014

A jury found Patrick Timothy McDonald, former state senator and Narragansett town councilman, guilty on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy Wednesday afternoon in Kent County Superior Court.

Following about two hours of deliberation, a jury found McDonald guilty on three counts of embezzlement of more than $160,000 from his real estate law practice in 2008.

The jury also found McDonald guilty of one count of conspiracy with his former paralegal and mistress Kimberly Gostomski Porter.

However, the jury found McDonald not guilty on two earlier counts of embezzlement that allegedly took place in June 2007.

Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern said McDonald faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of embezzlement, and up to 10 years for the conspiracy.

Stern ordered McDonald held without bail. He was remanded to the ACI and taken from the courtroom in handcuffs.

A bail review is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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