Ahead of sentencing scheduled for April 10, convicted Rhode Island hospital executive Robert Urciuoli filed a memorandum in federal court asking that his punishment reflect that his conduct in question was for the good of the hospital and that he already suffered greatly from his high-profile prosecution.
Urciuoli was found guilty in October 2008 after a second trial on charges of conspiracy and mail fraud. Prosecutors alleged that Urciuoli, as president and CEO of 169-bed Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, illegally paid then-state Sen. John Celona $260,000 over six years to press the hospitals interests in the General Assembly.
In a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence, Urciuolis lawyers wrote that he was motivated at all times to advance the interests of RWMC, a valuable community asset in which he had invested almost his entire adult working life. According to the document, Judge Mary Lisi during a 2008 conference in chambers referred to the case as one of concealed conflict rather than quid pro quo bribery.
Urciuolis lawyers wrote that Urciuoli deserves more lenient treatment than Celona, arguing the former senator proved himself self-serving and unreliable during a subsequent, unrelated corruption trial.