Prosecutors Will Ask For 4-Year Sentence For Wilkerson

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors will ask a judge for a four-year prison sentence for a former Massachusetts state senator who was captured on video stuffing bribe money into her sweater and bra.

Dianne Wilkerson, a Boston Democrat, was accused in 2008 of taking $23,500 in bribes. She pleaded guilty in June to eight counts of attempted extortion.

In a sentencing memorandum filed in court Friday, prosecutors cited Wilkerson’s prior federal conviction in 1997 for failing to pay $51,000 in federal income taxes and numerous campaign law violations, saying Wilkerson has “repeatedly demonstrated that she believed that she was above the law.”

Wilkerson’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The defense has the right to argue for a lighter sentence.

Wilkerson resigned about a month after she was arrested, and following her loss in a Democratic primary election.

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