Former Passamaqoddy Governor Sentenced 

A former Passamaquoddy governor has been sentenced to five years in prison for misusing more than $1.8 million in tribal and federal funds.After a three-week jury trial, Robert Newell was found guilty in November of 29 counts of conspiracy and misapplication of the money. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 12½ to 15½ years. The defense cited the 65-year-old Newell’s age and ill health in urging the judge to impose probation or home detention.During the trial, Newell said he never intended to break the law and denied conspiring with co-defendant James Parisi Jr. of Portland to use tribal money illegally.Parisi, who was found guilty of 11 of 21 counts, will be sentenced Monday.