Jack Johnson Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison
WI Web Staff Report | 12/6/2011, 12:46 p.m.
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for his role in a long-running pay-to-play scheme where he reportedly pocketed between $400,000 and $1 million.
The bribery of developers, which began soon after Johnson,62, took over the helm of county government in 2002, ended in November 2010 when he -- along with his wife Leslie, 59 - was arrested in an FBI sting at his home in Mitchellville, Md
Johnson, who faced up to 14 years in prison, apologized at his Dec. 6 sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., saying he had been "haunted" by his actions.
It was disclosed during the hearing that Johnson suffers symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease and tremors associated with alcoholism, and his attorney Billy Martin was angling for a sentence of house arrest.
Leslie Johnson faces sentencing on Dec. 9 for conviction of evidence and witness tampering after being instructed by her husband the morning of their arrests, to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down a toilet.