Guilty Plea in City Hall Corruption Case

Dallas attorney signs plea.

Friday, Mar 6, 2009  |  Updated 5:37 PM CDT
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Guilty Plea in City Hall Corruption Case

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federal judge ruled Monday that a Connecticut man convicted of possessing child pornography should pay about $200,000 to a woman who was photographed as a child while being sexually abused.

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Prosecutors announced attorney John Lewis signed documents pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion on Friday.

In documents filed in Court, Lewis admitted that he carried out a scheme to extort money from a developer with the knowledge and expectation that former Dallas city council member Donald Hill would financially personally benefit from the extortion, in relation to the developer's zoning change application for Dallas West Village.

Lewis faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Lewis' formal plea and sentencing are expected next week.

The trial of Lewis's co-defendants, Donald W. Hill, D'Angelo Lee, Sheila Farrington, Brian Potashnik, Cheryl Potashnik, Darren Reagan, Rickey Robertson and Kevin Dean is set for Monday, June 22.

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