Jack Johnson in Court for Sentencing
WI Web Staff Report | 12/6/2011, 12:09 p.m.
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson headed back to federal court today in Greenbelt, Md., to learn his fate after being convicted in a long-running pay-to-play scheme where he pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers.
While prosecutors are angling for a long prison term - possibly 14 years -- Johnson's attorneys are requesting house arrest. However, the judge in the case could sentence him to 7 to 9 years based on cooperation, according to reports.
Johnson, 62, arrived at the courthouse for the 10 a.m. hearing surrounded by a contingent of supporters.
According to reports, Johnson -- who along with his wife Leslie,59, was arrested in a November 2010 raid on their Mitchellville, Md., home - has exhibited symptoms similar to Parkinson Disease and is asking for a reduced sentence due to the condition and his age.
Reports have also disclosed that the former Prince George's County prosecutor also suffers from alcoholism and related tremors.