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Friday, September 21 Local

Braith Kelly off the hook in jury deadlock

Peter Galbraith “Braith” Kelly Jr. a former power plant executive who was arrested on federal corruption charges along with a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was freed from felony charges on Tuesday, when a jury in Manhattan could not agree on his guilt.

The Albany Times Union reported that Joe Percoco, Cuomo's former top aide was found guilty of three corruption counts in a trial that cast a light on the pay-to-play culture in New York state government. Percoco was found guilty of honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services, and solicitation of bribes and gratuities. Percoco was acquitted of three other counts against him, including extortion.

Percoco told reporters outside the courthouse that he was "disappointed" in the verdict and would consider his legal options.

The jury, which had been deliberating since March 1, deadlocked on charges against Kelly, the son of a prominent Connecticut Democrat. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni declared a mistrial on those charges and dismissed the jury.

Percoco was accused of taking more than $300,000 in bribes in exchange for performing state government favors.

Kelly, whose former company is building a controversial gas-fired power plant in Orange County, was charged with providing Percoco's wife, Lisa Toscano Percoco, with a $90,000-per-year job with a CPV educational program. Prosecutors called it a “low-show” job, citing that she was paid through an obscure Connecticut-based firm in order to conceal her employment from public view, the newspaper reported.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT

Ken Dixon|State Capitol reporter/columnist Hearst Connecticut Media

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