Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

Former Charlotte mayor could be sentenced next week

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced as early as next week on a plea to a public corruption charge.

Multiple media outlets reported that court documents show that federal probation officials have completed their presentencing report for Cannon.

The document says U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney will sentence Cannon on Sept. 3 or later.

Cannon has pleaded guilty to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents. An affidavit in the case says Cannon sought more than $1 million in kickbacks during a meeting in his office.

Cannon was arrested last March and resigned that day. He pleaded guilty in June.

Cannon faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced. Federal sentencing guidelines suggest Cannon is likely to get between 5 and 7 years in prison.

The investigation that led to Cannon’s arrest is still open, but no one else has been charged.

Cannon has agreed to help prosecutors and the FBI in that investigation. His assistance could prompt prosecutors to ask Whitney to increase or lessen the sentence.