Former California state senator gets 5 years for taking bribes

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Former California State Senator Gets 5 Years for Taking Bribes


A disgraced California state senator learned Wednesday he'll spend the next five years in prison.

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In July 2015, former state Sen. Leland Yee, along with three others, pleaded guilty to racketeering in federal court. Yee admitted to accepting money in exchange for political favors.

During the sentencing, the U.S. district judge told Yee: "I don't feel I can be lenient. The crimes you have committed were essentially an attack on a democratic institution."

Yee was arrested and indicted in March 2014 along with 25 others, including Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the leader of a notorious San Francisco-area gang. In January, Chow was convicted of 162 counts, including murder, money laundering and rackteering.

The Los Angeles Times reports part of Yee's plea deal includes forfeiting about $33,000. His prison sentence also comes with a $20,000 fine.

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Former California state senator gets 5 years for taking bribes
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 07: California State senator and candidate for San Francisco mayor Leland Yee (R) and his wife Maxine Yee (L) wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station inside San Francisco City Hall on November 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California. With one day to go until election day, candidates for mayor of San Francisco are stumping throughout the city. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 03: Leland Yee speaks at the San Francisco Mayoral Candiates Forum at The Fillmore on October 3, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 07: California State senator and candidate for San Francisco mayor Leland Yee campaigns on a MUNI bus on November 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California. With one day to go until election day, candidates for mayor of San Francisco are stumping throughout the city. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 08: California State senator and San Francisco mayoral candidate Leland Yee greets commuters as he campaigns in a MUNI station on November 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Candidates for San Francisco mayor are making one last push to encourage people to vote as San Franciscans head to the polls to vote for a new mayor, district attorney and sheriff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 31: California State Sen. Leland Yee (C) leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has been charged with public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee's aspirations for statewide office.ÃHere, Yee speaks to members of the press in Sacramento, Calif., in this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 31: California State senator Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. State Senator Leland Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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