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Ex-P.G. County Executive Johnson sentenced to more than 7 years
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Speaking on his own behalf inside a crowded courtroom, Johnson apologized to the county and to his wife and ticked off the toll his crimes have taken on him.
“Judge, I’ve lost everything — my reputation, all the things I worked for coming off that little island and putting myself through school,” he said, later adding, “I just hope you understand that I’m sorry.”
Defense attorney William Martin highlighted several of his client’s accomplishments, including bringing the high-end Wegman’s grocery store to the county.
“He didn’t buy his way into office. He didn’t cheat his way in here,” Mr. Martin said.
Johnson left the Greenbelt courthouse flanked by church leaders and supporters. His sentence will begin Feb. 3, and Johnson has requested that the term be served at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, a facility that would be able to accommodate prisoners with serious illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.
Leslie Johnson faces up to 18 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit witness tampering and evidence tampering. The offenses stem from her attempts to hide her husband´s bribe money as FBI agents raided the couple´s Mitchellville home in November 2010.
In wiretapped phone conversations between the couple that day, Jack Johnson could be heard directing his wife to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet and hide tens of thousands of dollars in her bra.
“I called her that Friday, and I never should have at all,” Johnson said in court Tuesday, adding that she was not involved.
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