Ex-chief executive of Md. county faces sentencing

By ERIC TUCKER | December 6, 2011 | 11:40 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The former chief officer of Prince George's County, Md., is being sentenced for shaking down developers and collecting bribes totaling several hundred thousand dollars.

Jack Johnson, who pleaded guilty in May, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of up to 14 years.

A defense lawyer asked the judge for a lighter sentence, saying Johnson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is degenerating quickly. A prosecutor said Johnson's medical records indicate only that he may develop the disease.

Johnson's wife, Leslie, is also scheduled for sentencing this week. The former county councilwoman admitted to tampering with evidence by flushing down the toilet an illicit $100,000 check from a developer as federal agents arrived at the couple's home.