Former Reading council president sentenced to 2 years

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 1, 2016 4:34 PM

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(Philadelphia) -- A former eastern Pennsylvania city council president has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking a bribe in exchange for efforts to repeal the city's campaign finance law.

Former Reading council president Francisco Acosta apologized Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, saying what he did was ``wrong, despicable and a dishonor for the people who elected me.''

When U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez noted that he had heard nothing about why the 40-year-old defendant committed the crime, Acosta said ``I ask myself that question every day.''

Acosta pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy in accepting $1,800 to help the campaign of a political ally, identified by his lawyer as Acosta's wife. She ran unsuccessfully for district judge. She wasn't charged.

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