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Leslie Johnson Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge Of Destroying Evidence

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Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.
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Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.

UPDATE: Leslie Johnson had little to say after presenting her plea bargain to the judge.

“I made a mistake for which I today accepted responsibility for my conduct," she said.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says he will ask for a 12 to 18 month prison sentence for Johnson, arguing that she was aware of her husband's influence-peddling activities and a willing participant in the destruction of bribery evidence, including a $100,000 check.

"It was Leslie Johnson who first suggested flushing the check down the toilet," he says.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI say the majority of their efforts in the Prince George's are aimed at corruption-related crimes. The Johnson case has already netted 15 arrests and 12 guilty pleas.

ORIGINAL POST: Prosecutors say Leslie Johsnon was trying to hide evidence of bribes when she flushed a $100,000 check down the toilet and stuffed $80,000 into her undergarments as FBI agents raided the couple's home in November of last year.

Johnson faces 12 to 18 months in prison, and will be sentenced Oct. 13.

During a press conference with reporters after today's haring, Johnson strongly implied she would not give up her seat on the Prince George's County Council until she is sentenced. Maryland state law would require her to be suspended from the council upon sentencing, however.

Johnson won that seat prior to her arrest, but assumed the post in January after the scandal broke.

Jack Johnson pleaded guilty to multiple counts of corruption last month, and will be sentenced later this summer.

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