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Cannon attorney: Former Charlotte mayor living 'day to day' after arrest, resignation

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The attorney for former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon says Cannon is living life "day to day" since he was arrested on federal corruption charges and resignation four weeks ago.

Patrick Cannon was arrested by the FBI on March 26 on federal corruption charges and resigned as mayor of Charlotte eight hours later.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Cannon was charged with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

James Ferguson, Cannon's attorney, spoke with WBTV on Thursday about the investigation into the former mayor, saying Cannon is holding up despite the harsh accusations.

"I'm gathering as much information as I can," Ferguson said. "Trying to do the best job I can for him. That's all I can tell you right now.

He says Cannon's family is doing "as well as one can expect under these circumstances. It hasn't been easy for them."

Ferguson says the former mayor is doing well, himself.

"Under the circumstances, he's doing well," Ferguson said. "He's living his life, day to day, and looking after his family."

Cannon stepped down as the city's chief after he was arrested, but he still hasn't been indicted.

"No indictment yet. The grand jury meets in May, so I don't expect anything to happen before then," Ferguson told WBTV.

Legal experts say the delay likely means Cannon is negotiating with federal authorities.

WBTV asked Ferguson if the longer period before the indictment meant Cannon was working on a plea deal.

"It just means the grand jury meets in May," he said.

Two grand juries have met since Cannon was arrested, one in Asheville and one in Charlotte. Prosecutors have not made a move to take their case before them.

Cannon made his initial appearance the day he was arrested and was released on bond, pending indictment.  He waived the preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

The charge of theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charge of honest services wire fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

The charge of extortion under color of official right carries a statutory maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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