A federal judge said today he will sentence former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, who pleaded guilty in June to eight counts of attempted extortion, three days before Christmas.
Wilkerson admitted in US District Court in Boston earlier this year that she collected $23,500 in cash bribes from people who provided her with the money as part of an FBI investigation into corruption in Massachusetts lawmakers.
Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed earlier this month that Wilkerson should serve more than four years in prison, especially since she allegedly also collected $15,000 from a no-show job at Curry College in Milton.
Wilkerson's lawyer, Max D. Stern of Boston, has denied Wilkerson had a no-show job. He also is going to try to convince US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that Wilkerson's years of public service should be taken into account when deciding the consequences of her actions.
Wilkerson's co-defendant, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, today said he will fight efforts to expel him from the City Council.
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