Former state House Speaker Jim Black was sentenced Wednesday to more than five years in prison on federal charges.
U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle also fined Black 50-thousand dollars on the charges, which said Black illegally took cash from chiropractors while promoting their agenda.
Boyle could have sentenced the Mecklenburg County Democrat to six-and-a-half years in prison, but the judge rejected prosecutors' requests for a harsher sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruce asked for a longer prison term, arguing Black did more damage than two of his political associates who have also pleaded guilty in public corruption cases.
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