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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/30/2012

For Jack Johnson, two more weeks on the outside

Jack Johnson, the former Prince George’s County executive who pleaded guilty last year in a federal corruption probe, will have two more weeks of freedom.

GREENBELT, MD. MAY 17: Pastor Jonathan Weaver(L) walked with former Prince Georges County executive Jack B. Johnson(C) and his lawyer Billy Martin(R) as he left at the federal courthouse on May 17, 2011. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Johnson, 62, was scheduled to turn himself in Feb. 3, but the federal Bureau of Prisons hasn’t completed its evaluation and placement plans for Johnson, who is expected to serve his seven-year term at the Butner federal prison in North Carolina, where fellow prisoners will include financier Bernard Madoff.

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte granted Johnson a 15-day extension until Feb. 18.

Johnson’s attorney, Jeffrey Harding, said “there is nothing unusual,” about the extension.

Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons, said such delays often occur, but is checking further.

Johnson (D), who Harding said has been found to have some form of Parkinson’s, has been undergoing medical treatment to ascertain what type it is.

Assistant U. S. Attorney James A. Crowell IV opposed the extension for Johnson.

Johnson’s wife Leslie, a former member of the Prince George’s County Council, is scheduled to report to prison on March 9 for a one-year term.

She pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and destruction of evidence after being arrested with $79,600 in her underwear and being overheard of a federal wiretap speaking with her husband about plans to tear up and flush a $100,000 check from Laurel developer Mirza Baig, a physician.

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