Lawmakers in Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly to expel state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is currently serving six months in jail following a misdemeanor assault conviction.

The Thursday vote was 146-5 in favor of expelling Henriquez, and was the first time a lawmaker had been expelled in nearly a century, according to CBS.

Before the vote, Henriquez proclaimed his innocence and rejected calls asking him to simply resign.

“You may have thought, or think, that this could have been avoided if I resigned, but with all due respect, it is my strong belief that an innocent man does not plea; an innocent man does not quit,” Henriquez said on the House floor.


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