Bencivengo to be sentenced today

TRENTON – The sentencing hearing for former Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo is underway in Trenton’s federal courthouse.

U.S. District Judge Anne Thompson entered the courtroom shortly after 11 a.m. Bencivengo faces up to 20 years behind bars for his role in a bribery scheme.

Thompson told the court she received and read about 60 letters from family and friends on Bencivengo’s behalf, including one written by the former Republican mayor himself.

Bencivengo was found guilty in November of accepting $12,400 in bribes from a former friend turned FBI informant.

Bencivengo to be sentenced today