Fmr. East Longmeadow Selectman Jack Villamaino Sentenced
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — After pleading guilty on Monday for his involvement in a voter fraud scandal, former East Longmeadow Selectman Enrico ‘Jack’ Villamaino has learned his sentence.
Wednesday morning, Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Villamaino to one year in jail at the Hampden County House of Corrections, but he will only serve four of those twelve months behind bars.
The remainder of that sentence will be suspended.
Villamaino will also serve a year of probation.
“It’s not exactly the sentence that I had asked for,” says Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni. “It’s not exactly the sentence the defense had asked for, so I respect the judge’s decision.”
Mastroianni also requested the judge find Villamaino guilty of forgery and perjury — both felony charges.
“Those guilty findings are going to have significant ramifications for his life as he goes on with his future job prosepects, so I think the judge is viewing that imposition as a punishment in and of itself.”
Villamaino pleaded guilty Monday in Hampden County Superior Court to charges of larceny under $250, interfering with an election official, four counts of forgery of a document, four counts of perjury, and conspiracy to commit an unlawful act.
He and his wife, Courtney Llewellyn, were charged in 2012 with changing the party affiliations for about 280 East Longmeadow voters. About a month after those changes were made, Mastroianni says that there was an almost “name-for-name match” for those people who had their enrollment changed from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Unenrolled.’
At that time, Villamaino was running for a seat in the Mass. House of Representatives against Marie Angelides.
“This effected the integrity of the voting system and people’s faith in the voting system,” says Mastroianni.
“I know that the defense attorney said that no one was harmed physically, there were no guns or drugs involved — and all that’s true — but my signature is something that I’ve worked on since I was a little girl and it’s very important to me,” says Patricia Ryan, an East Longmeadow voter who had her party affiliation changed by Villamaino.
When asked if Villamaino’s actions will change her mindset when she returns to the polls, Ryan responded, “It already has, I’m a little nervous about voting.
Llewellyn’s case has been continued to another hearing to August 28.