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Mayor to learn sentence in Wild West museum artifacts case

Written by Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press | Jan 27, 2017 7:19 AM
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Reporters flank former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed after his arrest on bribery, theft and corruption charges. (Diana Robinson/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed is scheduled to learn if he'll spend time in jail after pleading guilty to accumulating Wild West artifacts he bought with public money for a museum that was never built.

A sentencing hearing for Reed is slated to be held today in a courthouse around the corner from the mayoral offices he once occupied.

Reed pleaded guilty earlier this week to 20 counts of receiving stolen property. All of the charges involve photos or documents.

He says the items somehow got into the wrong box when he was moving out of the mayor's office seven years ago.

The seven-term Democrat lost the 2009 primary, in part because the millions of dollars he spent on museum-related items had drawn criticism.

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