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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Live coverage: Jack Johnson sentenced to more than 7 years in prison

Update, 1 p.m.: The full story on Johnson’s sentencing is up. For a primer on what led up to this point, keep reading.

Update, 12:30 p.m.

Former Prince George’s County executive Jack Johnson was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to extortion and witness and evidence tampering.

Johnson, whose lawyers say suffers from depression and Parkinson’s disease and entered the standing-room only courtroom with the aid of a cane, is expected to turn himself in Feb 3., 2012.

Here are just a few of the key events that led Johnson, once the county’s top prosecutor, to federal court:

In November 2010, Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were arrested in connection with a broad corruption case involving land deals and liquor stores in Prince George’s County.

In a last-ditch effort to evade federal investigators, Johnson told his wife to flush a $100,000 check from a real estate developer and, in a now famous request, to hide nearly $80,000 in cash in her underwear.

Johnson pleaded guilty in May to extortion and witness and evidence tampering. He faces 14 years in prison.

— Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty to destroying evidence and faces up to 18 months in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

— What’s happening now: The Post’s Miranda Spivack will be tweeting from federal court in Greenbelt. Follow her below.

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-Ex-Pr. George’s executive Johnson tried to line up business deals at end of term

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-Jack Johnson sentencing memorandum

-Read excerpts from wiretap transcripts

-The Root D.C.: Jack Johnson, from favorite son to felon

-Courtland Milloy: Jack Johnson’s actions continue to puzzle Pr. George’s

-Jack Johnson’s rise and fall as Pr. George’s county executive

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