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Feds Seek 3-Year Sentence For Ex-Boston Official

Federal prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to sentence former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner to a minimum of nearly three years in prison on federal corruption changes.

But attorneys for Turner say they plan to ask for probation at sentencing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Boston.

Turner was convicted in October of taking a $1,000 bribe and then lying about it to FBI agents.

During the trial, prosecutors said Turner accepted a wad of cash in 2007 during a handshake with a businessman who was seeking help in getting a liquor license and was cooperating with the FBI. He insisted that he did not take a bribe.

In a sentencing memo filed in court, prosecutors say Turner should be sentenced to 33 to 41 months in prison. His lawyers ask for probation and supervised release.

This program aired on January 25, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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