Ex-state senator sentenced to 40 months for taking bribes

  • FILE - Former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English speaks to reporters on opening day of the state Legislature at the state Capitol in Honolulu, on Jan. 16, 2019. English was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday, July 5, 2022, for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office. English pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in February, admitting he accepted bribes from a Hawaii business owner in exchange for shaping legislation that would benefit a company involved in publicly financed cesspool conversion projects. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

HONOLULU — A former state senator was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office.