Ex-Fumo aide gets 30 months for obstruction

May 20, 2009 1:14:54 PM PDT
A loyal aide to former Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Fumo has been sentenced to 30 months for obstructing an FBI investigation of his boss. Computer technician Leonard "Lenny" Luchko of Collingdale admits he destroyed years worth of e-mails sought by the FBI.

The long-powerful Fumo faces more than a decade in prison at his July sentencing on 137 counts.

Luchko pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction, but continued to support Fumo in e-mails and blog postings. Prosecutors had to scratch him as a witness at Fumo's trial.

The 52-year-old Luchko testified Wednesday that he realized only belated that Fumo was "a crook" and that he was "a criminal." He calls his 10 years of work for Fumo a lie.

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