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Posted Thursday, January 6 2011  

Dianne Wilkerson sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for bribery
 
By The Associated Press
 
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Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for bribery.

BOSTON (AP) Former Massachusetts state senator Dianne Wilkerson, a native of Springfield, convicted of corruption after being videotaped stuffing bribe money into her bra has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

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FBI surveillance photo videoMore, Wilkerson sentencing

Wilkerson was sentenced on Thursday after taking responsibility for her actions and asking U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock for mercy.

Wilkerson, the first black woman elected to the Massachusetts Senate, pleaded guilty in June to eight counts of attempted extortion for taking $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents and a Boston businessman who was cooperating with the FBI.

The Boston Democrat offered no explanation for her actions but said she didn't enjoy money.

Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Wilkerson to four years in prison. Her lawyer did not make a recommendation.

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