Former lawmaker denied new trial
A former Rhode Island state lawmaker will not get a new trial.
Leo Medina was convicted earlier this month of one count of unlawful appropriation of funds. He was found not guilty of two other counts.
Prosecutors said Medina pocketed $28,000 in life insurance following the 2007 death of a friend's daughter.
A judge on Tuesday denied Medina's motion for a new trial.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 5. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison.
Medina served one term representing Providence. The Democrat lost his re-election bid in 2012.