Crime & Courts

Judge delays sentencing hearing for Charlotte ex-Mayor Patrick Cannon

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.

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.