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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson apologizes Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts, surrounded by supporters and attorneys.
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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson apologizes Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts, surrounded by supporters and attorneys.

Johnson apologized after pleading guilty to extortion and witness and evidence tampering Tuesday.

“I wanna say to all of the citizens of our county that I'm very sorry about what happened. We all have sin and fall short of the glory of the Lord,” he said.

The former county executive was accompanied by lawyers and a handful of clergy.

“The black church really loved this guy and we have an affection for him,” Rev. Anthony Evans says.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Johnson was engaged in a pay-to-play scheme.

“In return for bribe payments, Jack Johnson arranged for developers and other people to get millions of dollars in federal housing funds, assistance in acquiring government land, passing legislation, government jobs and commitments by the government to lease private property,” he says.

Johnson could spend the next 13 years in federal prison and pay close to $1 million in fines and forfeitures. A judge will make that decision in September.

Prosecutors say the plea agreement does not affect the case against Johnson's wife, Council member Leslie Johnson.

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