Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco was convicted Tuesday on three corruption charges — but cleared of three others in a surprise, mixed verdict.
Percoco, 47, was found guilty on two counts of conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud in a pair of “pay-to-play” scams that the feds say netted him more than $300,000 from execs at two companies doing business with the state.
But while Percoco was convicted of soliciting bribes from the Competitive Power Ventures energy company, he was acquitted of a similar charge involving the Syracuse-based COR Development Co.
He also was acquitted of two extortion raps in both schemes.
Percoco faces 50 years in prison at his sentencing, which was set for June 11.
The startling development came midway through the eighth day of deliberations in Manhattan federal court, and a little more than 90 minutes after the jury asked if it could decide some counts but not others against Percoco and three co-defendants.
The panel had twice previously said it was deadlocked, with the first indication coming in a March 6 note that said: “The only thing we seem to agree on is that we cannot agree.”
Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni told the jury, “Yes, you can return a verdict on some counts, but not all.”
“I have never experienced this chronology,” she told lawyers on both sides before delivering the instruction.
The verdict followed a roller-coaster, seven-week trial that saw the prosecution’s star witness — ex-lobbyist Todd Howe — busted by the feds midway through his testimonyafter admitting he tried to scam his way out of paying for a stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel while he was negotiating his guilty plea and cooperation deal with the feds.