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Jack Johnson to Begin Prison Sentence

AP | 2/18/2012, 10:44 p.m.

GREENBELT, MD -- Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson is about to begin serving prison time.

Johnson is scheduled to begin serving his sentence this week on an extortion conviction.

Johnson was sentenced in December to more than seven years in prison for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers and accepting assorted gifts.

Johnson was the county executive from 2002 until 2010. He and his wife, Leslie Johnson, were arrested in November 2010 as part of a sweeping corruption probe. Leslie Johnson was sentenced to one year and a day for obstructing an investigation into her husband's corruption.