Ex-mayor of LA suburb gets prison after fed probe

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Updated: 7/22/2014 6:32 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former mayor of a Los Angeles suburb has been sentenced to a year and nine months in federal prison after pleading guilty to witness tampering and making a false statement to the FBI in a bribery investigation.

The Pasadena Star News reports ex-Rosemead Mayor John Tran received the sentence Monday. He'd faced a maximum of two years in prison.

Prosecutors originally charged Tran with bribery and he later pleaded guilty to taking payments totaling more than $10,000 from a real estate developer-turned-FBI informant. Tran later changed his plea to not guilty after saying new information could have discredited the developer.

He eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser charges.

A judge ordered him to pay the developer $38,000 in restitution.

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