Crime & Courts

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon sentencing set for Sept. 25

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon’s sentencing hearing in a public corruption scandal has been set for Sept. 25, according to a court document filed Friday afternoon.

Cannon has confessed to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents, who posed as out-of-town developers. An affidavit in the case also says Cannon solicited $1.2 million in additional kickbacks during a meeting in the mayor’s office.

The agents said they needed Cannon’s help in getting approvals for a mixed-used development to be built along a transit line.

He was arrested March 26 and resigned the same day. He pleaded guilty in federal court on June 3.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under sentencing guidelines, Cannon faces 63 to 78 months in prison.

Cannon’s hearing in federal court on West Trade Street, before U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney, will be at 9:30 a.m.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the corruption investigation remained open after Cannon’s guilty plea.

As part of his guilty plea, Cannon also admitted taking $2,000 in cash from a local businessman who has been identified by the Observer as strip club owner David “Slim” Baucom. The businessman was seeking help in mitigating the impact to one of his clubs from construction of the Lynx Blue Line extension on North Tryon Street, according to the federal government.

No one else has been charged in the corruption case that led to Cannon’s resignation.

As part of his June plea to one count of honest services wire fraud, Cannon agreed to help the federal government. His level of cooperation could lead prosecutors to ask the judge to raise or lower the sentence.

Cannon’s attorney, James Ferguson, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.