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Democrat to wait for corruption trial is found dead; autopsy planned

Former Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce leaves Federal court in Worcester, Mass., Dec. 8, 2017.

(Associated Press)

A former Massachusetts state senator in expectation of the process on Federal corruption charges, was found dead in his home Thursday, authorities said.

The body of the former state sen Brian A. Joyce, 56, was by his wife, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. The was AS ‘ excluded s office said, “foul play”.

Joyce was allegedly involved in a car accident on Wednesday, but it was unclear whether the incident was connected until his death. Massachusetts’ chief medical examiner is planned to conduct an autopsy.

Former mass State Senator Brian Joyce found dead in his house https://t.co/IUNJBVMRpe

— Boston 25 News (@boston25) September 27, 2018

An investigation is “active and ongoing,” the spokesman said.

The Democrat, who served as assistant majority leader, was first elected in 1998. Joyce left the Senate after does not search re-election in 2016, in the midst of the Federal probe. He moved to Westport, Mass., of Milton after his political career ended.

In December 2017, Joyce was named in a 113-count indictment charging him with racketeering, extortion, wire-fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said that he accepted, allegedly up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks, which he laundered through his company.

The indictment accused also to help Joyce with his political influence, a Dunkin’ Donuts store owners in exchange for hundreds of pounds of fresh coffee, the Boston Globe reported.

“He has a duty to serve you had to be honest. And he violated this duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action.”

– U.S. attorney William Weinreb

“Brian Joyce, representing over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the Parliament”, she said then-acting U.S. attorney William Weinreb during a press conference after the indictment was first announced. “He has a duty to serve you had to be honest. And he violated this duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action.”

Joyce pleaded not guilty at his trial and was free on $250,000 bond. No trial date had not been defined. Joyce’s lawyer, Howard Cooper, had claimed that his client was innocent of all charges against him.

No further details were provided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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