The sentencing hearing of Jasiel Correia, the former Fall River, Massachusetts, mayor convicted of taking cannabis bribes, took a shocking turn today when the judge in the case tossed out eight of the 21 counts on which Correia had already been convicted.

The former Fall River, Mass., mayor is still expected to do serious prison time for the cannabis bribery convictions.

None of those dismissed convictions were related to cannabis bribery, though.

It was a somewhat confusing twist in an already complex case. The result, though, is that most observers expect the former mayor to be sentenced to prison time for extorting payments for cannabis licenses. The completion of Correia’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST tomorrow.

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