NEW INFO: Ex-Charlotte Mayor sentenced for corruption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The former mayor of North Carolina

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The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Patrick Cannon had resigned in the midst of a corruption case that stunned Charlotte.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the 47-year-old Cannon to 44 months. The federal courtroom is just blocks from his old office.

In a deal with prosecutors, Cannon pleaded guilty in June to one count of honest services wire fraud. Prosecutors say Cannon accepted nearly $50,000 in bribes between January 2013, when he was a city councilman, and February 2014 - three months after he was elected mayor.

Cannon was arrested March 26 and resigned the same day.

He was elected to the city council in 1993 at 26, becoming the youngest member in Charlotte history. He was elected mayor last November.


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Charlotte's former mayor is being sentenced in a federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city.

Forty-seven-year-old Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty in June to accepting $50,000 in bribes between January 2013 and February, 2014 - three months after he was elected.

An affidavit in the case says Cannon sought more than $1 million in kickbacks.

Cannon was arrested March 26 when he met with undercover agents for an illegal payoff.

In exchange for Cannon's guilty plea, prosecutors have promised not to ask for a prison sentence of more than four to five years, the recommendation under federal guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney is not bound by the plea agreement. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has pleaded guilty in federal court to a public corruption charge, ending a remarkable rise for a man raised by a single mother in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The 47-year-old Cannon was arrested March 26. The Democrat resigned the same day, less than six months after taking office. An FBI sting had recorded him accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets from undercover agents posing as businessmen.

The investigation began in August 2010 after a tip from a local undercover officer about public corruption. At the time, Cannon was a city councilman.

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday on a public corruption charge related to his March arrest.

Documents filed Monday at U.S. District Court in Charlotte say Cannon has agreed to enter a guilty plea to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Cannon is set to appear in federal court Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer.

Cannon was arrested March 26 and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city. The Democrat resigned the same day, less than six months after taking office.

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