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Shirley Lasseter sentenced to 33 months in prison

8:00 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was sentenced to 33 months in prison by a federal court judge on Wednesday for her part in a bribery scheme.

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Lasseter pleaded guilty to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter's son, John Fanning, and Carl "Skip" Cain also pleaded guilty in the bribery scheme. They also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Fanning and Cain will be sentenced at a later date. 

According to the indictment, Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Lasseter is expected to "self-report" to the Bureau of Prisons in four to six weeks and at that time she will be assigned a minimum security facility where she will serve out her sentence. 

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