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Disbarred RI lawyer likely to stay in Fla.

April 1, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Federal authorities say a former lawyer who has already spent 18 months in prison following his conviction on corruption charges will not return to Rhode Island when he completes his sentence.

Federal probation officials tell The Providence Journal that 60-year-old Joseph A. Bevilacqua Jr. will likely remain in Florida to live when he completes his sentence later this month at a Miami halfway house.

Bevilacqua was sentenced in October 2008 to 21 months in prison for shaking down two drug-dealer clients from Fall River with another Rhode Island lawyer, John Cicilline (siss-ill-EE'-nee), the older brother of Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

They pleaded guilty charges including conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators. Both have been disbarred.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.projo.com/

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