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Update 12:50 p.m.: Leslie Johnson, wife of former Prince George's Executive Jack Johnson, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison, two years supervised release, community service and a$15,000 fine. She could be released from prison after 10 months.
In court today, Leslie Johnson begged the judge for leniency and asked for probation instead of the maximum 18 months in prison she faced.
The former county council woman said she did not know about her husband’s corrupt development dealings until the FBI came knocking on her door last year.
In a statement before handing down the sentence, the judge said he found it very difficult to believe Leslie Johnson did not know about the bribes. He even compared her to Ruth Madoff, wife of infamous Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff, in saying that a spouse could very well know about her husband’s schemes without facilitating them herself.
Original story: Former Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson will learn today if and for how long she will go to federal prison for tampering with evidence. Johnson pleaded guilty to witness and evidence tampering in connection with the federal corruption case against her husband, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson.
Johnson and her husband Jack were caught on tape discussing how to destroy a $100,000 dollar check and hide nearly $80,000 dollars in cash.
The money was extorted from those seeking to do business with Prince George's County by Jack Johnson while he served as county executive. He pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this week.
Prosecution wants Leslie Johnson to serve as long as a year and a half in prison. Johnson is expected to plead for mercy and supervised probation.