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Retired state senator, 85, died last week

Last updated: April 29. 2014 4:49PM - 1396 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Federal prosecutors have filed a motion seeking the dismissal of an indictment against former state Sen. Raphael Musto, who died on Thursday.


The motion, which was filed Tuesday, indicates that Musto’s attorneys concurred with the request.


Musto was indicted in 2010 on allegations that he accepted the cash and other items of value from a contractor — identified by his attorneys as developer Robert Mericle — as part of a scheme designed to secure his continued support of various construction projects, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


The retired lawmaker pleaded not guilty. His trial was never held, as Musto battled various ailments. Diagnosed with cancer in March, Musto, 85 died at home of natural causes.


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