Former Representative Vito Fossella entered a guilty plea in Virginia court Monday. It was the same day that his Virginia DUI jury trial was set to begin.
Fossella, the Republican lawmaker who represented Staten Island New York, was charged with driving under the influence in Alexandria Virginia last May. The arrest report indicated that his blood alcohol content was .17%, over twice the legal limit for intoxication. In the days following the VA DUI arrest, it was learned that Fossella had fathered a child in an extra-marital affair. The combination of events led to his political downfall and he decided to not to run for re-election.