WARWICK – Patrick Timothy McDonald was released on $20,000 personal recognizance Tuesday and sentenced to home confinement, pending a March 12 sentencing date.
Kent County Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern also had the former state senator and Narragansett town councilor sign a waiver of extradition.
Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, said that a motion for a new trial is also on the calendar for Feb. 10.
Counsel for McDonald filed that motion Jan. 23.
Kempe said a motion for a new trial is typically filed in such cases.
“It’s procedure, more or less,” she said. “The defense can petition the court for a motion for a new trial. It’s pretty much commonplace. Every defendant that is found guilty will seek a motion for a new trial. It’s more of a procedural thing where the defense will bring up certain issues before the judge.”
On Jan. 15, a jury found McDonald, 49, with a last known address of 56 Meadow Rue Trail, Saunderstown, guilty on three counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiracy after stealing more than $160,000 from clients during real estate closings in 2008.
The jury returned the guilty verdict in two hours after a weeklong trial before Superior Court Justice Stern.
Following the verdict, Stern ordered McDonald held without bail. He was remanded to the ACI and removed from the courtroom in handcuffs.
McDonald will remain on home confinement until his March 12 sentencing. At the time of sentencing, he could face up to 70 years in prison. Each count of embezzlement carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum for the conspiracy charge is 10 years.