Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon tells judge he’s guilty on corruption charge

Charlotte ObserverJune 3, 2014 


Former Charlotte, NC mayor Patrick Cannon arrives at the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building U.S. Courthouse for his plea hearing

JEFF SINER — Charlotte Observer/MCT

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a federal public corruption charge, capping a four-year investigation in which he took bribes in exchange for the promise of helping developers.

He entered a guilty plea to one count of honest services wire fraud, a charge commonly used in cases where a public official takes kickbacks or bribes.

As he walked into the courthouse Tuesday morning, Cannon declined to comment to a scrum of reporters. He tripped and fell as he walked through the crowd of television cameras and reporters wielding microphones.

Cannon will be sentenced at a separate hearing in the coming months. The charge carries up to a 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Dressed in a conservative business suit, Cannon appeared in court flanked by his two attorneys.

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