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Plea hearing scheduled for Leslie Johnson

Federal prosecutors in Maryland said a Thursday plea hearing has been scheduled for Prince George’s County Council Member Leslie Johnson, who is charged in connection with a far-reaching corruption probe.

Johnson (D-Mitchellville), 59, is accused of destroying evidence on the November day she and her husband, former county executive Jack B. Johnson (D), 61, were arrested as part of a federal investigation into whether public officials in the county accepted and solicited bribes.

WTOP reported on Friday afternoon that Johnson would plead guilty. Prosecutors would not comment on any details of a possible plea agreement. Such agreements are not final until a defendant admits guilt in court and the agreement is approved by a judge.

Leslie Johnson’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jack Johnson in May admitted in court that he took more than $400,000 in bribes. He pleaded guilty to extortion and witness and evidence tampering and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

This post has been updated since it was first published.


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