Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce leaves a U.S. federal
courthouse in Worcester, Mass., Dec. 8, 2017.
former Massachusetts state senator awaiting
trial on federal corruption charges was found dead in his
home Thursday, authorities said.
body of former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce, 56, was found by his wife,
the Bristol County District Attorney's office said in a statement.
The DA’s office said “foul play” was ruled out for the time being.
was reportedly involved in a car crash Wednesday, but it was unclear
if that incident was connected to his death. Massachusetts’ chief
medical examiner is slated to conduct an autopsy.
investigation is “active and ongoing,” the spokesman said.
Democrat, who served as assistant majority leader, was first elected
in 1998. Joyce left the Senate after not seeking re-election in 2016
amid the federal probe. He moved to Westport, Mass., from Milton
after his political career ended.
December 2017, Joyce was named in a 113-count indictment charging
him with racketeering, extortion, wire fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors said he allegedly accepted up to $1 million in bribes
and kickbacks that he laundered through his company.
indictment also accused Joyce of using his political influence to
help a Dunkin’ Donuts store owner in exchange for hundreds of pounds
of fresh coffee, the
Boston Globe reported.
Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state
Legislature,” said then-acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb during
a news conference after the indictment was first announced. “He had
a duty to serve them honestly. And he violated that duty by
accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action.”
pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was free on $250,000 bond.
No trial date had been set. Joyce's attorney, Howard Cooper, had
maintained that his client was innocent of all the charges against
further details were made available.