Former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., pleads guilty in corruption case

A guilty plea Tuesday ended the political career of Patrick Cannon, who was elected mayor after being the youngest city council member in Charlotte, N.C., history.
By Frances Burns  |  June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3 (UPI) -- Patrick Cannon, the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., said Tuesday he had "hurt the city that I love" after he admitted taking bribes from developers.

Cannon made a short statement outside the federal courthouse after giving brief answers inside to a judge's questions. He entered a plea of guilty to one count of honest services fraud.

"Much has been given to me in the way of the public's trust. I regret having acted in ways that broke that trust," Cannon said. "I love Charlotte. It is the city of my birth. I regret having hurt the city that I love."

Cannon asked his former constituents to forgive him.

When he was first elected to the city council in 1993, Cannon, then 28, was the youngest councilman in Charlotte's history. He was elected mayor in November.

On March 26, less than four months after taking office, Cannon was arrested and resigned. Federal prosecutors said he took bribes from FBI agents posing as developers.

Cannon faces up to 20 years in prison, although the actual sentence is likely to be much shorter. He has agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

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