CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island prosecutor and one of his top aides convicted of helping cover up the beating of a suspect are facing sentencing. Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Christopher McPartland were convicted in December 2019 on counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and civil rights violations. Their sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday morning. A federal judge said last week that the men are looking at prison sentences of up to 71 months. Prosecutors have sought 96-month sentences. A former police chief, James Burke, has already pleaded guilty and received a 46-month sentence.
Photo: FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, center, leaves Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Dunn, File)