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

Charlotte ObserverJune 3, 2014 

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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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