Connecticut lawyer sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on money laundering convictions



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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A Seymour lawyer has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on money laundering convictions.

Ralph Crozier apologized in court Thursday, saying he has devastated his family, children and friends.

The sentence was less than half of the six years requested by prosecutors. Crozier must surrender on April 17 to begin serving his sentence.

His former client, Bruce Yazdzik, testified he made thousands of dollars selling pain pills and needed to launder his cash. The 31-year-old admitted Oxycontin dealer said Crozier helped him legally establish two businesses.

Yazdik, of Waterbury, has been convicted of participating in a drug-trafficking ring.

Crozier's lawyer argued that his client didn't benefit from the crimes. He says Crozier should be spared prison, in part, because he cares for a daughter with Down Syndrome..

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