Prosecutors seek five years sentence for former California senator who took bribes

Ron Calderon
FILE - In this June 10, 2013, file photo, then-state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, holds a brief news conference to discuss the FBI raid on his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. Calderon walked into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for a weekend of fun. Instead, FBI agents confronted Calderon, revealing that he was the target of a corruption investigation and that they had evidence he had accepted $100,000 in bribes to influence legislation. A judge is set to decide Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, whether the government's case - 24 federal counts of bribery, fraud, and money laundering - should proceed.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal prosecutors are seeking a five-year sentence for a former California state senator who took bribes in exchange for supporting legislation.

Ron Calderon faces sentencing Friday in U.S. District Court for a scandal that rocked the state senate and tarnished his family’s political dynasty.

Calderon pleaded guilty to mail fraud and admitted taking bribes in two instances.

His brother, Thomas Calderon, a former assemblyman and political consultant, was sentenced to 10 months for laundering bribe money.

Ron Calderon’s lawyer is seeking house arrest. Prosecutors say Calderon’s arguments are whimsical and revisionist about his role in the scandal.

Calderon was one of three state senators charged with separate crimes in 2014 that shook up the Legislature.

Calderon admitted accepting cash and jobs for a son and daughter.

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