Update: Leslie Johnson Sentenced to 12 Months for Evidence Tampering
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson faces jail time for her role in her husband's political corruption case.
Update, 12:45 p.m.: Leslie Johnson sentenced to 12 months for evidence tampering in corruption investigation involving husband Jack Johnson. -- WTOP
Update, 12:30 p.m.: Leslie Johnson asks court for probation so she can earn the "community's forgiveness through service." — WTOP tweet.
Update, 12:14 p.m.: From WUSA9: "'I'm extremely sorry for my actions in Nov and to the constituents who elected me to represent them in PG County," said Leslie Johnson.'"
Update, 12:04 p.m.: Leslie Johnson will take the stand after a 10-minute break, WUSA9 tweets.
Johnson's defense claims that she didn't know it was the FBI who came to her door back in November 2010. The defense also claims she didn't know where the cash in her house came from, as she and her husband, Jack B. Johnson, had separate bank accounts. -- Giles tweet.
Update, 11:22 a.m.: Tweet from Giles: "Leslie's Treasurer asked for advice from Jack Johnson's own campaign treasurer. Wanted campaign to be 'above reproach.'"
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Washington Examiner's Ben Giles tweets: "Defense: Leslie Johnson would have had to been a psychic to know what her husband was up to."
Defense calling witness to stand, WTOP tweets.
Update, 11:08 a.m.: WUSA9 tweets: "Prosecution asks that Leslie Johnson be sentenced to the high end of the federal guidelines and a fine of 30k"
"Defense:"Leslie Johnson respectfully requests a sentence of probation.""
Update, 10:53 a.m.: WUSA9 tweet: prosecution said 20 percent of Leslie Johnson's campaign funds came from "corrupt relationships of her husband, Jack'
Update, 10:43 a.m.: Prosecution calls Leslie Johnson's acts "cool and calculated acts of obstruction" an NBC4 correspondant's tweet states. From WTOP reporter Kate Ryan: "Prosecutors call it a "hard sell, if not an impossible sell" to claim Leslie Johnson she 'acted out of haste and love for her husband.'
Update, 10:34 a.m.: Johnson is seated at the defense table in the courtroom, a WTOP tweet states.
Update, 10:10 a.m.: Leslie Johnson arrived at federal court accompanied by her pastor, Rev. Jonathan Weaver, according to a tweet by Ovetta Wiggins of The Washington Post.
Former county councilwoman Leslie Johnson is scheduled for sentencing at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Greenbelt for her role in a political corruption scandal that has rocked the county since word broke about it in November 2010.
Johnson’s attorneys are expected to ask for probation or house arrest instead of jail time, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
The Prince George’s County councilwoman from the sixth district was charged with conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering in the federal corruption scheme that her husband, former county executive Jack B. Johnson, was caught up in.
Jack Johnson on Tuesday was sentenced to 87 months in jail, three years supervised release and must also pay a $100,000 fine, $37,000 of which is due before he goes to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex on Feb. 3. In jail, Johnson must go through an alcohol treatment program.
Leslie Johnson, 59, on June 30 voluntarily agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit evidence and witness tampering. Johnson agreed to this plea agreement on March 24.
Also under plea agreement Johnson faces 12 to 18 months in jail and must forfeit the $79,600 that she tried to stuff in her underwear when federal investigators raided her home last November.
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