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    :: Monday, October 20, 2003 ::

    Labor boss gets 34 months in prison By Denise Lavoie
    Before the sentencing, Cashman apologized to his family and to the Teamsters, saying he had made some 'selfish,' 'stupid,' and 'well-meaning' mistakes.

    'I tried to do my best for the working men and women of Local 25,' he said. 'I can't un-ring the bell and take away the wrong things I did. But I wish more than anything that I could.'

    Cashman was to begin serving his sentence immediately. He was also fined $30,000.

    Cashman, 54, a trucker from Revere, was elected president of the Teamsters local in 1991, promising to clean up corruption within the union. He became a force in state politics through his support of Republican Govs. William Weld and Paul Cellucci.
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