Former R.I. Sen. Kettle rejects plea deal on sex extortion charges

PROVIDENCE – Former state senator Nicholas Kettle, charged with twice extorting sex from a teenage State House page, on Friday rejected a plea offer that would have spared him a prison sentence if found guilty.

Kettle refused what Special Assistant Attorney General Shannon Signore described as the state’s “final offer”: a five-year suspended sentence and five years probation on one charge, with the second dropped.

Each charge carries a 15-year maximum sentence on conviction.

Kettle’s lawyer Paul DiMaio said after the court hearing that his client was rejecting the offer because “he’s innocent, that’s why. If he wasn’t, that’d be a good offer.”