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Citing new evidence, feds seek later Michael Brown sentencing

Michael A. Brown, caught on camera taking bribes, will most likely have to wait till spring to be sentenced. (U.S. Justice Department)

Updated 6:20 p.m. with comment from Brian Heberlig

Michael Brown, the former D.C. Council member who pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in June, is likely to have to wait at least another four months to receive his sentence.

Prosecutors on Friday asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing for a second time, pushing it from Jan. 16 to, at the earliest, April 28. Brown’s lawyers, prosecutors said, have agreed to the delay, meaning it is likely to be granted by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins. Wilkins previously granted a similar request, moving the sentencing from October to January.

Why the additional delay? Prosecutors said the additional time “will further assist the government in meeting with the defendant as part of his cooperation in the ongoing criminal investigation, particularly concerning newly discovered evidence.”

Brown, as a part of his plea deal, agreed to assist prosecutors in their ongoing investigation into District political corruption. Notably, Brown admitted to accepting a secret campaign contribution in 2008 from a unnamed person who people familiar with the case have identified as businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson — a central but still-uncharged figure in the corruption alleged to have taken place inside Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign.

William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the District, declined to comment further. Brian Heberlig, an attorney for Brown, confirmed agreeing to the request but also declined to comment further.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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