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Former Rep. Walter Tucker Sentenced to Prison

April 18, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Former Rep. Walter Tucker III was sentenced to two years, three months in prison for taking bribes and cheating on his taxes while mayor of Compton.

Tucker was convicted Dec. 8 of taking money to support a proposed waste-to-energy conversion project while mayor in 1991 and 1992.

He said he was lured into accepting $30,000 in bribes from a businessman turned FBI informant who wanted to build the plant. The jury was shown secretly recorded videotapes of Tucker accepting the bribes.

Tucker was ordered Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall to begin serving his sentence May 20. When his prison term ends, he must serve three years of supervised release.

Tucker, a Democrat and ordained minister, was elected in 1992 to represent the district that includes the working-class communities of Compton, Watts, Carson and part of Long Beach.

He resigned from the House after his conviction. His wife, Robin, lost in an election to choose his successor.

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