A federal judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon until Oct. 14.
U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney agreed Thursday to a defense request to move the hearing from Sept. 25 so a New York psychiatrist can testify in Cannon’s behalf.
Cannon, a Democrat, was arrested in March, charged with accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents and soliciting $1.2 million in kickbacks. He resigned the same day and pleaded guilty in June to a single corruption count.
That 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. Whitney can decide to give Cannon a longer or shorter sentence. Either way, Cannon stands to become the first mayor in Charlotte history to be imprisoned.
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As part of the plea agreement, Cannon admitted to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as real-estate investors along with a $2,000 bribe from Charlotte strip club mogul David “Slim” Baucom.
The investigation remains open, according the office of U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, though no other arrests have occurred.