Former State Legislator Sentenced in Corruption Case
PHOENIX (AP) _ A former Arizona legislator who was the first to plead guilty in a corruption sting has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking bribes and obstructing justice.
Bobby Raymond was videotaped bragging about deals and suggesting sexual blackmail as part of what he thought was a campaign to legalize casino gambling.
Raymond, a Democratic representative from Phoenix, was the first lawmaker to plead guilty in the case and resign his seat after he was indicted in February. He received the stiffest sentence imposed in the scandal and must serve seven years of probation and repay $34,500.
Raymond said he had expected prison time but had been working as a truck driver and had hoped for work furlough.
″I put myself in this position; I accept full responsibility,″ he said. ″I am going to do my best to survive prison and go on with my life.″
Raymond met at least 10 times with an undercover police informer pretending he was an organized crime figure seeking support to start legalized casino gambling in Arizona, Reinstein said.
Raymond was videotaped accepting $12,105 from the informer, Joseph Stedino, and offering to help blackmail other officials by informing on their sexual practices.
In one tape, he says: ″My favorite line is, ’What’s in it for me?‴
Three other defendants in the case - former Rep. Sue Laybe, former Sen. Jesus ″Chuy″ Higuera and former Tolleson Justice of the Peace Donald Stump - all have been sentenced to jail time.
Raymond must report to prison on July 22.