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Yet Brown, whose voice quivered during his morning address to Judge Leon, took on a doleful appearance as he faced the ignominy of being escorted in chains in front of lawyers and reporters at the D.C. Superior Court. Judge Juliet McKenna sentenced Brown to a suspended 30-day jail term and terms of probation and community service that will be folded into his federal sentence.

The son of a well-known political operative in the District, Brown was elected to the council as an at-large member. Re-elected in 2008, he overcame questions about his personal finances during a contentious 2010 campaign to take the helm of the council after Mr. Gray had vacated the chairman’s seat to run for mayor.

Brown’s attorney, Frederick Cooke, said his client had paid a “significant price” through his fall from public office and the ridicule that followed.

“He has ruined a very bright political future that he had in this city,” Mr. Cooke told the federal court.

Prosecutors said Brown’s position as a council member made his crimes even more serious. At one point, he used his city hall fax machine to send one of the fraudulent loan documents, an act prosecutors labeled as “particularly brazen.”

Because of Brown’s position, people “placed their faith in him” and expected him to follow the city’s law even as he crafted new ones on the council, Mr. Johnson said.

After the hearing, Mr. Cooke said Brown has not shared any plans to run again for political office, which he would be permitted to do despite a felony record. Brown is significantly limited by his electronically monitored house arrest, which includes a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew. He may only leave home during the day for work, religious services, doctor appointments, meetings with his lawyer or other pre-approved reasons.

Mr. Johnson said Brown’s crime should not be labeled an act of corruption because he did not abuse his office or steal public funds in a scheme “similar to, say, council member Thomas.” There was no actual loss from Brown’s crimes — he repaid one loan and is paying back the other, the prosecutor said — and he took responsibility for his crimes when investigators confronted him.

“I immediately did what my mother taught me,” Brown told the court. “I admitted that I was wrong.”