- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont lawmaker who reached a plea deal with prosecutors before going to trial on charges he tried to extract sexual favors in exchange for rent says he’s reconsidering it.

Norman McAllister told WPTZ-TV (https://bit.ly/2j8U75l ) on Wednesday he’s reconsidering the no contest pleas he entered Tuesday. His trial had been set to begin Wednesday.

The 65-year-old Republican pleaded no contest to charges of prohibited acts and lewd and lascivious conduct and faces up to seven years in prison. In return, prosecutors dropped a sexual-assault charge that could have carried a life sentence upon conviction.

Franklin County State’s Attorney James Hughes says McAllister has until sentencing to change his mind.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

McAllister says he’s considering hiring new lawyers.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, https://www.thechamplainchannel.com


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