Bruno Likely to Face Jail Time

80-year-old was convicted on Dec. 7

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    Former New York Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno leaves federal court in Albany, N.Y., Dec. 7.

    Former Albany mainstay Joe Bruno may go from upstate to up the river.

    The U.S. attorney who convicted former New York Senate leader Bruno on corruption charges says the once-powerful Republican will likely face jail time.

    Andrew Baxter tells The Daily News that he'll recommend the 80-year-old Bruno get prison time after being convicted of two counts mail fraud.

    "I think it's clear that any way you stack the sentencing guidelines [it] will call for a sentence of imprisonment and the Justice Department typically recommends that the court follows the guidelines," Baxter told the paper.

    The prosecutor also says he's considering whether to seek $280,000 from Bruno related to payments he received from a businessman for consulting work Bruno never performed.

    Bruno, who led the Senate for 14 years, was convicted Dec. 7.

    Bruno spokesman Kris Thompson says the ex-senator is going to let the legal process play out.

    Prosecutors say Bruno used his position to reap $3.2 million in consulting fees and failed to disclose his conflicts of interest.