Former Providence councilman to be sentenced


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former Providence councilman faces a judge Wednesday to learn his fate after pleading no contest to embezzling money from a youth sports team.

According to the state’s sentencing filing, Kevin Jackson spent over $127,000 meant for athletes on the Providence Cobras track team on things for himself, such as clothing, cigars, and wine.

Jackson requested probation and no jail time after a sentencing a few months ago.

State prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Jackson to three years behind bars.

Prosecutors and attorneys representing Jackson have already reached an agreement that requires Jackson to pay over $100,000 in restitution.

The court said it has received more than 40 letters supporting Jackson and asking for leniency.

Jackson represented Ward 3 for over two decades before he was recalled from office.

Jackson turned down a plea deal offered by the attorney general in December 2017.

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