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Former Governor DiPrete breaks silence

Posted: 12/8/2011 12:15:48 PM
Updated: 12/11/2011 10:19:10 PM

 Names you'll hear in the video & who they are

• Richard M. Egbert -
DiPrete legal team
• R. Robert Popeo -
DiPrete legal team
• Pat DiPrete -
Gov. DiPrete's wife
• Dennis DiPrete -
Gov. DiPrete's son
• "Frank" - Frank Zaino
Unindicted contractor
• James O'Neil - former Attorney General (1987-1993)
• Jeffrey Pine - former Attorney General (1993-1999)

Breaking a thirteen year silence, former Governor Edward DiPrete sat down and spoke with WPRO’s Tara Granahan in an exclusive, one-on-one, interview.

They met at the Cranston home of DiPrete which is a shrine of his glory days and a memorial to his wife, Pat.

DiPrete fell from grace in 1994 when he and his son, Dennis, were indicted on 24 counts of bribery, extortion, and racketeering. DiPrete, ultimately, plead guilty to 18 felony counts, resulting in an 11 month prison sentence at the ACI. DiPrete’s son Dennis served no time.

He told Tara that he has no regrets and he continues to deny any wrongdoing. DiPrete said the guilty plea was a sacrifice that he made to bring closure to the situation and his family. He said his son has nothing to apologize for however, Dennis and his wife did state their appreciation for the sacrifice made by the former governor.

DiPrete said he fell victim to Jeffery Pine’s ambitions and his willingness to bend the truth to further his own political career.

After his release from the prison, the former governor settled down into a private life where he cared for his wife, who passed in July. He has not told anyone his side of the story, until now.

Interview Highlights 3 minutes

Complete Interview
16 Minutes

Raw Bonus Footage 2 Minutes, 45 Seconds

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(1/23/2012 10:52:14 AM)

At least the problems are over and the media just loves to keep digging into the dirty dealings of the past.

They should try getting into al Capone if they lack stories.!!

They must have nothing better to do..!!!!!!

- Frank Zaino

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