YONKERS - Former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and her co-defendent Zehy Jereis were both found guilty of corruption yesterday, and the former chair of Yonkers' Republican Party could end up spending more time behind bars because of his prior criminal record.
A jury found Annabi guilty of all 10 counts and Jereis guilty of six counts, including conspiracy, bribery, and tax evasion. Jereis, who ran Annabi's city council campaigns, had been accused of bribing Annabi with hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and payments so she would change her vote on two development deals.
The jury found Jereis got a no-show job with Ridge Hill as payoff for securing Annabi's vote.
Annabi faces 12 to 15 years in jail, but Jereis is looking at around 14 to 17 because of prior convictions on election fraud and marijuana possession. Anthony Siano, Jereis' defense attorney, says he is planning to appeal the verdict.
For extended News 12 coverage of the Sandy Annabi verdict, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select io Extra. Annabi supporters shocked by guilty verdictAnnabi and Jereis found guilty on all counts
Prosecution in Annabi corruption trial follows money trail