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Former housing director sentenced to 3 years

Monday - 4/16/2012, 8:38pm  ET

Jack Johnson (AP)
Jack Johnson served as state's attorney in Prince George's County before becoming the county executive. (AP)

GREENBELT, Md. - A former Prince George's County housing director has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving former county executive Jack Johnson.

James Johnson pleaded guilty to asking for and accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers.

The 67-year-old Johnson was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. He's due to report to prison in June.

The Washington Post reports that Johnson said in court he made a "terrible mistake" that he will always regret.

James Johnson is not related to Jack Johnson, who is serving a sentence of more than seven years for extorting several hundred thousand dollars in bribes from developers and accepting gifts. Jack Johnson's wife, Leslie Johnson, is serving a one-year sentence.


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