Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will serve 87 months in prison, with three years probation and pay a $100,000 fine for his role in a pay-to-play scandal.
On Dec. 6, Johnson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. He could have received as much as 14 years.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson's attorney asked the judge for a lighter sentence, saying his client has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is degenerating quickly.
In May, Johnson pleaded guilty on bribery and extortion charges. Johnson, who also served as state's attorney for the county, accepted money from a developer and in return helped secure federal funding for housing developments.
A federal investigation revealed Johnson also took cash from businesses in exchange for favors and appointments. Court documents estimate the amounts he received to be as much as $1 million dollars.
Jacques Chevalier, a 20-year county resident who lives in Hyattsville, has been very vocal about the case and believes the actions of Jack and Leslie Johnson have caused great harm to the county.
"Jack Johnson allowed mortgage brokers to sell trick mortgages to people and make millions off the backs of hard-working people," Chevalier said. "He should get enough time that he never sees the street again and she should go to jail as well," he continued. "It sickens me that black people think they have the right to steal because white people steal. This scandal is bringing the whole county down."
In November 2010, Johnson's wife, Leslie Johnson,59, flushed a $100,000 check down the toilet from a real estate developer and hid nearly $80,000 in cash on her person as federal agents poised to arrest her, stood outside the coupe's Mitchellville, Md. residence.
Leslie Johnson, a former Prince George's County Council member, pleaded guilty to witness and evidence tampering in the case. She'll be sentenced on Dec. 9.