Do you remember Leland Yee? He’s the anti-gun California Democrat who was caught in an illegal gun scam, among other things. Now he’s headed to jail.
The LA Times reports:
Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case
State Sen. Leland Yee did not want to retire.
His term was ending, and he had just run and lost a mayor’s race in San Francisco. He decided to aim for secretary of state, which oversees state elections, and desperately needed to raise money for his campaign.
That is when Yee, 67, got into trouble.
The San Francisco Democrat was caught in an FBI sting that recorded him promising votes and guns to an undercover agent who was funneling him contributions. He pleaded guilty last year rather than face a trial.
And Wednesday, after decades as an elected officeholder, he was sentenced to five years in prison for doing political favors in exchange for campaign cash — or, as the judge put it — for selling his vote.
During an hourlong hearing, Yee implored U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer to be lenient. Standing at a lectern near his lawyers, Yee said he had taken responsibility for his crimes and knew that he had shamed himself and hurt his family, his supporters and others.
“That will always weigh on me,” he said, “and that will always haunt me for the rest of my life.”
So long, Yee.