Former State Rep. John Carnevale pleads no contest in perjury case
A perjury plea will land a former Rhode Island state representative on home confinement and end his comeback bid.
Former State Representative John Carnevale admitted in court Wednesday that he lied about where he lived.
Carnevale was also sentenced to five years with 9 months to serve on house arrest with the remainder suspended with probation according to prosecutors.
The sentencing will begin on August 22, 2018 once Carnevale’s home is confirmed as eligible for the home confinement.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office said that if the trial had proceeded, they believed they could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Carnevale had perjured himself in a 2016 hearing in front of the City of Providence Board of Canvassers.
The AG’s office says he lied under oath three times about his place of residency, 150 Barbara Street in Providence was contested.
His residency at that location was in question and in 2017 he was arraigned on four different charges including filing false information and perjury.
Earlier this year, Carnevale took out nomination papers to run for election to reclaim his old House seat.
He told NBC 10 at the time that he had evicted the tenants, and moved into the house on Barbara Street.
However, Carnevale's name will not appear in the primary ballot that year , as he is not eligible to hold office for 8 years. That takes into account the 5 years of his sentence, and per law three years after the completion of his full sentence.
Carnevale's Lawyer William Dimitri warned his client about heading to court with the case.
"I told him very frankly that if he got convicted he was going to jail," Dimitri told the media.