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Donovan campaign aide faces sentencing

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NEW HAVEN, CT (AP) -

The campaign manager for former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan is facing sentencing in connection with illegal contributions made to Donovan's failed congressional campaign last year.

Joshua Nassi of Fairfield is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in New Haven federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say Nassi and seven others who were convicted were involved in a scheme that funneled nearly $28,000 to Donovan's campaign through straw donors in an effort to get Donovan to kill proposed legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own cigarette shops.

Nassi faces about three years in prison under guidelines. Prosecutors want a sentence of more than two years, while Nassi's attorney says he's extremely remorseful and argued against a harsh sentence.

Donovan was not charged and has denied knowing about the scheme.

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