Former Long Island prosecutor begins prison sentence

December 11, 2021 GMT
FILE - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota leaves the court in Central Islip, N.Y. Oct. 25, 2017. The former prosecutor Long Island prosecutor, convicted on corruption charges, began serving a five-year prison sentence Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, after surrendering to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota leaves the court in Central Islip, N.Y. Oct. 25, 2017. The former prosecutor Long Island prosecutor, convicted on corruption charges, began serving a five-year prison sentence Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, after surrendering to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota leaves the court in Central Islip, N.Y. Oct. 25, 2017. The former prosecutor Long Island prosecutor, convicted on corruption charges, began serving a five-year prison sentence Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, after surrendering to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota leaves the court in Central Islip, N.Y. Oct. 25, 2017. The former prosecutor Long Island prosecutor, convicted on corruption charges, began serving a five-year prison sentence Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, after surrendering to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota leaves the court in Central Islip, N.Y. Oct. 25, 2017. The former prosecutor Long Island prosecutor, convicted on corruption charges, began serving a five-year prison sentence Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, after surrendering to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island prosecutor convicted of obstructing justice after a prisoner was beaten has begun serving a five-year federal prison sentence.

Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and a former top aide, Christopher McPartland, surrendered at separate federal prisons Friday, prison officials told Newsday.

Spota and McPartland were convicted in December 2019 on counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and civil rights violations. They were accused of helping cover up the 2012 police beating of a prisoner suspected of stealing sex toys and other items from a police chief’s vehicle.

The resulting scandal eventually engulfed the county’s law enforcement power structure.

Spota, 80, is now an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. McPartland, who also is serving a five-year sentence, is incarcerated at Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex in Texas, according to the newspaper.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last month denied the defendants’ requests to remain free on bail while they appeal their convictions.

Spota told a judge at his sentencing in August that, “I hope not to die in prison alone.”