AP NewsBreak: US court nixes ex-Sen. Fumo sentence

By MARYCLAIRE DALE | August 23, 2011 | 10:05 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has thrown out the 55-month corruption sentence of a former Pennsylvania state senator.

The appeals court agreed with prosecutors that U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter did not explain why he sentenced Vincent Fumo far below federal sentencing guidelines. The court also upheld Fumo's conviction in the ruling that was issued Tuesday.

A jury in 2009 convicted the Philadelphia Democrat of defrauding the state Senate, a museum and a South Philadelphia nonprofit of millions. He had been a wealthy power broker during his 30-year state Senate career.

He is incarcerated at a federal prison in Kentucky.