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Prosecutors Say Ex-D.C. Council Member Should Serve More Than Three Years In Prison

Brown pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.
Mallory Noe-Payne
Brown pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Federal prosecutors want former D.C. Council Member Michael Brown, who has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, to serve more than three years in prison.

Brown pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents who were posing as businessmen. As part of the plea, Brown also admitted to taking more than $100,000 from Jeffrey Thompson, the government contractor who recently pleaded guity to funding the so-called shadow campaign that helped Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 bid for mayor.

A federal judge will now determine how long Brown must serve in prison. Prosecutors say Brown should serve between 37 and 43 months. In a court filing they describe the former council member as "driven by greed, entitlement and self-interest." And they say Brown doesn't deserve a lighter sentence because he initially withheld information from investigators regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Thompson.

Brown's attorneys want Brown to serve less time because of his work on the council and his help in the Jeffrey Thompson investigation.

And they say one reason Brown accepted the bribes was because he was having money troubles and all the traditional lending options—such as banks—had been closed off to him.

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