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May 17, 2013 9:05 AM by AP/CS

Ex-Monroe Councilman Arthur Gilmore found guilty

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Former Monroe City Councilman Arthur Gilmore has been convicted of racketeering and not guilty of extortion in federal court in Shreveport.

The New-Star reports U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter, who presided over the four day trial, set sentencing for Sept. 26t. Gilmore faces up to 20 years in prison.

A 12-person jury took about four hours Thursday to return the verdicts.

Gilmore declined comment. His attorney, Charles Kincade, said the next step will be preparing for sentencing.

Gilmore and former Monroe City Councilman Robert Stevens were convicted in May 2011 of racketeering and extortion. A judge ruled in March that they would receive a new trial.

Stevens pleaded guilty earlier this month to accepting cash bribe payments. His sentencing also is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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