Hamilton, convicted of bribery, does groundskeeping near NJ prison

Phil Hamilton is charged with bribery and extortion.

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Phil Hamilton is charged with bribery and extortion.

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Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 6:42 AM

RICHMOND (AP) - A former Newport News legislator convicted of bribery and extortion says he doesn't believe he deserves to be in prison, but he remains upbeat.  

Former Del. Phillip Hamilton is serving a nine-and-a-half-year sentence at Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, N.J. In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch Hamilton says he's been able to maintain a positive attitude.

Hamilton was convicted of soliciting a job as director of a teacher training center he helped create in 2007 with taxpayer money. The Republican was vice chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee at the time.

Now, Hamilton does groundskeeping work for buildings that are off the prison compound.

Hamilton lost his final appeal last year. He plans to file a motion to seek a reduction in his sentence.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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