Wife of convicted Md. politician gets year in jail

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 1:53 PM
Wife of convicted Md. politician gets year in jail

The wife of a former Maryland county executive has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison for her role in obstructing an investigation into her husband's corruption.

Former Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering.

Her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, got more than seven years in prison this week for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers and accepting gifts.

Leslie Johnson has admitted flushing down the toilet an illicit $100,000 bribe check as FBI agents arrived at the couple's home. She also stuffed nearly $80,000 in her undergarments.

Her lawyer, Shawn Wright, called it a "thoughtless and instinctive reaction to protecting her husband of over 35 years."