Former Charlotte Mayor Gets Prison Sentence for Corruption

44 months for taking bribes


Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was sentenced on Tuesday to 44 months in U.S. prison after admitting to using his public positions in North Carolina's largest city for personal financial gain, including taking at least $50,000 in bribes.

Cannon, a Democrat who served on the Charlotte City Council before being elected mayor last November, pleaded guilty in June to a public corruption charge. A nearly four-year investigation resulted in his arrest and resignation in March.

"I'm sorry," Cannon said during his sentencing hearing on Tuesday. "I let a lot of people down."