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Sep 26, 2013 1:22 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

2 ex-Monroe councilmen sentenced in bribery case

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court -- more than two years after their original racketeering convictions for accepting bribe payments.

Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months.

Both men must surrender by Nov. 4.

Gilmore and Stevens were accused of accepting bribe payments from an FBI cooperating witness in exchange for help with matters pending before the city council in 2008 and 2009. The men were convicted in May 2011 of bribery and extortion, but U.S. District Judge Donald Walter ruled in March that they would receive a new trial.

Stevens pleaded guilty in May to racketeering.

Gilmore went ahead with his four-day trial was found guilty of racketeering.


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