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Former Mayor Cannon: I have acknowledged being guilty


Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is speaking out publicly for the first time since he pleaded guilty in the federal corruption case against him.

Cannon entered the plea at a hearing just before noon on Tuesday at the Charles Jonas Federal Courthouse.

"It has been said that to much has been given that much is required. For nearly half of my life, I have had the honor of serving the people of Charlotte," Cannon said immediately after leaving the courthouse on Tuesday.

"Much has been given to me in the way of the public's trust. I regret having acted in ways that broke that trust. For that, I am deeply sorry. I love Charlotte."

Cannon resigned his position as Charlotte mayor in late March, nearly eight hours after he was arrested by the FBI.

He was arrested on charges of theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

A federal affidavit against Cannon was released after his arrest, investigators outlined a series of agreements between Cannon and undercover agents for the FBI, where Cannon reportedly accepted gifts and cash as bribes.

Cannon is accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from the agents.

Monday morning, the documents in the case were unsealed.

One of the documents that was unsealed is a Bill of Information that was filed in District Court on May 12. The bill outlines the beginning of a plea deal between Cannon the U.S. Attorney's Office for Honest Services Wire Fraud.

Another document that was unsealed was the plea agreement Cannon signed on May 8 was saying he defrauded the people of Charlotte from honest and faithful services through bribery and hiding information.

Cannon is charged with one violation of Honest Services Wire Fraud for accepting bribes no less $50,000 and no greater than $70,000. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"[Charlotte] is the city of my birth. I regret having hurt the city that I love," Cannon said on Tuesday afternoon. "Today, I have acknowledged being guilty of accepting moneys for constituent services. Something that should have never been done while serving in elected office."

Cannon says he has asked his family and friends for forgiveness and asks the public for the same.

"I understand the anger and the frustration that my actions have caused," he said. "I can only hope that the life that I live from now on will reflect both my remorse and my desire to still make a positive impact upon the city."

He then thanked family, friends, faith community and those who have expressed "unconditional love and support," calling them "sources of strength and encouragement."

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