is sending T.D. El-Amin
away for eighteen months on a bribery charge.
Advisory sentencing guidelines had called for between eighteen and 24 months.
In addition to the prison sentence, El-Amin must pay $2,100 in restitution. That's the magic number that the former state representative asked a gas station owner to pay him in order to "take care of" alleged harassment by city inspectors, according to court papers
"The cash payments were made to El-Amin by John Doe at El-Amin's office on Union Boulevard in North St. Louis," reads a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office
. "The cash payments included $500 on May 1, 2009, $600 on May 8, 2009, $500 on May 15, 2009, and $500 on May 21, 2009. El-Amin solicited an additional $500 cash for himself, as well as $1000 cash purportedly to be paid as a bribe to a city department head."
No city department head has been charged in the case.
U.S. District Judge