Ex-DC Lawmaker Brown to be Sentenced for Bribes

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Former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown (Credit: MichaelBrownatlarge.com)

Former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown (Credit: MichaelBrownatlarge.com)

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UPDATED: May 29, 2014 10:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown could be sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes in an undercover FBI sting.

A federal judge in Washington will sentence Brown on Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking for a prison term of about 3½ years, the most he could get under the terms of a plea bargain struck last year. Brown’s lawyers are seeking a more lenient sentence.

Brown admitted taking bribes from a man he thought was a businessman seeking preferential treatment on government contracts. The businessman turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Brown is one among several District politicians convicted on corruption charges in recent years.

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