The Associated Press is reporting the following:

Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor threat charge for asking a businessman with suspected mob ties to threaten someone he believed was hurting a relative.

DeLuca, 73, received a six-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and donate $1,500 to charity as part of the plea deal.

“I am ashamed and sorry for my action,” he said. “I take full responsibility. My primary concern was the welfare of my family.”

The judge also ordered DeLuca not to have further contact with Danbury trash hauler James Galante, who is awaiting trial on 72 counts of tax fraud, racketeering, threatening and extortion following a federal probe of organized crime in southwestern Connecticut’s trash industry.