George Cole, a former steelworker who became mayor of Bell and was swept up in the
Cole and four other former council members were convicted last year of looting the city's treasury by drawing oversized salaries and later pleaded guilty to an additional corruption charge.
Prosecutors had asked that Cole be sentenced to four years in state prison.
During the trial for the council members, Cole described himself as a devoted leader in the working-class city who tried to give up his nearly six-figure salary and donate it to charity.
As others did, Cole tried to shift to blame to Robert Rizzo, the city's former domineering city manager. He testified that Rizzo told him he had to take the salary, which paid council members for serving on various boards and commissions that rarely, if ever, met.