Former Speaker aide rejects deal in money laundering case

In this November 1, 2019 file photo, political consultant Jeff Britt leaves Superior court in Warwick after pleading not guilty to money laundering and violating campaign contribution law. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A former campaign aide to Democratic Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has rejected a plea deal to a money laundering charge and instead will take the case to trial.

Jeffrey Britt has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of money laundering and a misdemeanor campaign finance charge.

In a remote hearing Wednesday, Britt rejected a deal offered by prosecutors that would have him serve 18 months of a five-year prison sentence.

His attorney says the jury-waived trial in front of a judge is tentatively due to start in September or October.