Vas could be first legislator charged under new mandatory minimum law he voted for

If convicted of the corruption charges filed against him today by Attorney General Anne Milgram, Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy) could face a stiff sentence.

Three of the charges against Vas – for second degree official misconduct – carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison without parole because the crime allegedly occurred on or after April 14, 2007 – the effective date of the state’s public corruption sentencing enhancement law.

The single count for third-degree tampering with records filed against Vas carries with it a minimum two year sentence without parole.

Vas voted for the mandatory minimum setencing law.

Vas could be first legislator charged under new mandatory minimum law he voted for