- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leslie E. Johnson resigned Tuesday from the Prince George’s County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Johnson’s lawyer, Shawn Wright, said Johnson handed her resignation letter to council Chair Ingrid M. Turner on Tuesday morning. The resignation is effective July 31, the last day before the council recesses.

Johnson admitted in federal court that she destroyed a $100,000 check from a developer to her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, and stuffed nearly $80,000 in illicit cash into her underwear. She faces up to a year and a half in prison when she’s sentenced Oct. 13.

Jack Johnson also pleaded guilty to corruption charges and faces more than a decade in prison.