Former mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced in early September

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced in his federal corruption case as early as September 3, according to investigators.

The news came Tuesday afternoon. According to the Federal Court's website, the presentence investigation report on Cannon is finished. That report has been sealed, but WBTV has learned the former mayor could be sentenced on or after September 3.

The presentence investigation report will detail Cannon's level of cooperation, and any factors the government weighed in his sentencing.

Just over two months earlier, Cannon pleaded guilty in the federal corruption case against him.

Cannon entered the plea at a hearing just before noon on June 2 at the Charles Jonas Federal Courthouse at 10:45 a.m.

At a press conference following Cannon's guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said the day's developments were a significant step forward in the bribery scheme investigation.

"The city of Charlotte is on the path to regaining the public's trust," Tompkins said. "At the end of the day Charlotte will be better for it."

Cannon pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud.

Tompkins said Cannon had shown a complete disregard for the fiduciary duties of his elected office.

The special agent in charge of the FBI for North Carolina, John Strong, said the investigation does not end with the guilty plea.

Strong said his agents are "looking into related allegations."

Patrick 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.

Cannon pleaded guilty to 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.

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