Bromwell enters federal prison

Ex-state senator begins 7-year term

July 02, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun Reporter

Former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge last year, reported to a federal prison yesterday to begin serving a seven-year sentence, according to a Bureau of Prisons spokesman.

Bromwell, a Democrat, arrived about 2 p.m. at Devens Federal Medical Center in north-central Massachusetts. It is a decommissioned military base that houses male inmates who require specialized or long-term medical care, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons Web site.

His lawyer, Barry J. Pollack, said Bromwell, 59, was sent to Devens because he has a heart condition and takes several medications that will likely be adjusted once he is inside. If he adjusts well to different medications, he could be moved to another federal prison, Pollack said.

"In the BOP, they have a fairly limited number of medications that they dispense," said Pollack, who raised concerns over Bromwell's medical treatment last year during sentencing. "They substitute off the list with ones that are similar to ones you're on." Bromwell also was ordered by a federal judge to enter alcohol rehabilitation while he waited to start his sentence.

Last July, Bromwell and his wife, Mary Patricia, pleaded guilty to a complex bribery scheme in which the senator helped to steer publicly funded contracts to Poole and Kent, a Baltimore construction company. Bromwell, a former tavern owner, was once one of Annapolis' most prominent politicians.

The couple received thousands of dollars in building materials for their home and a $200,000 salary for a no-show job with the contractor.

W. David Stoffregen, Poole and Kent's chief executive, received a 6 1/2 -year federal prison sentence for his role in the scheme.

For her part, Mary Patricia Bromwell was given a one-year prison sentence. She reported to the Bureau of Prisons in January and is being held at a federal facility in Alderson, W.Va. A federal judge allowed the couple to stagger their prison sentences because they have two adolescent children.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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