Unable to Send Hiram Monserrate to Hell, Judge Sentences Him to Two Years in Prison

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New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (C) leaves Kew Gardens court after the verdict in his assault case October 15, 2009 in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Sen. Monserrate was found guilty of misdemeanor assault for cutting his girlfriend Karla Giraldo's face during an argument on December 19, 2008. (Photo by Ellis Kaplan-Pool/Getty Images)

Hiram Monserrate, the former city councilman and state senator from Queens who admitted to using city money to run for office, did not impress a sentencing judge with his explanation on Tuesday that he had misused the money because he "wanted to make a difference" and help people. "Using other people’s money for your own purposes is way down in the lowest circle of hell," Judge Colleen McMahon told him, according to the New York Times. But since she only has the power to sentence him to prison time, not damnation, she gave him two years.