Two Former California Assembly Aides Sentenced
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Two former Assembly aides were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison on political corruption charges resulting from an FBI sting operation.
Tyrone Netters, 37, got four years and three months and Darryl Freeman, 44, got two years in prison.
They were convicted last October of extorting campaign contributions and other payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman seeking special-interest legislation.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered both to serve three years of probation. He fined Freeman $5,000, and ordered Netters to repay $15,600 he received from the government.
The two were among several Capitol figures snared in an FBI sting that began in the mid-1980s with the introduction of a bill to finance a fictitious shrimp plant in the Sacramento area.
The defense argued that the undercover agent pushed the two, both Democrats, to take money and tried to make it look as if it had been extorted.