By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island state representative has been sentenced to serve three years in prison for pocketing $28,000 from a life insurance police on a friend’s dead daughter.

Ex-Rep. Leo Medina was sentenced Thursday in Providence Superior Court. He must also serve 17 years of probation. He was taken into custody immediately.

A jury convicted Medina in June of unlawful appropriation, but acquitted him of two other charges including embezzlement and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Medina served one term as a Democratic state representative from Providence. He lost his bid for a second term in 2012.

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