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Ex-DC lawmaker Brown gets 3 years for bribes

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Photo - FILE - This April 10, 1996 file photo shows Michael A. Brown attending funeral services for his father, former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown at the Washington's National Cathedral in Washington. Former District of Columbia Councilmember Brown could be sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes in an undercover FBI sting. A federal judge in Washington will sentence Brown Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking for a prison term of 43 months, the most he could get under the terms of a plea bargain he struck last year. Brown's lawyers are hoping for a more lenient sentence. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)
FILE - This April 10, 1996 file photo shows Michael A. Brown attending funeral services for his father, former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown at the Washington's National Cathedral in Washington. Former District of Columbia Councilmember Brown could be sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes in an undercover FBI sting. A federal judge in Washington will sentence Brown Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking for a prison term of 43 months, the most he could get under the terms of a plea bargain he struck last year. Brown's lawyers are hoping for a more lenient sentence. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes in an undercover FBI sting.

The 39-month sentence Thursday from a federal judge in Washington nearly matched prosecutors' request for a 43-month prison term.

Brown's lawyers had sought a more lenient sentence.

Brown admitted taking bribes from a man he thought was a businessman seeking preferential treatment on government contracts. The businessman turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Brown apologized and said he should have resisted the District's culture of corruption.

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