Later today, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman is expected to sentence Ted G. Loza for his role in a taxicab industry influence-buying scheme that reached into city hall, The Post’s Mike DeBonis reports.

But during sentencing proceedings that have stretched over two weeks, Loza and his attorney, Pleasant Broadnax, have done their best to convince Friedman that he deserves a lighter sentence by calling witnesses to testify to Loza’s good character.

Monday evening, Loza issued an apology and a plea for support to friends and family. The e-mail was obtained by Post reporter Nikita Stewart.

Read Mike’s full post and Loza’s e-mail here.