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Ex-Bell council members balk at deal, hearing delayed
Ex-Bell council members balk at deal, hearing delayed

Lawyers for five former Bell City Council members asked for more time Friday to consider whether to accept a deal in which their clients would get maximum four-year prison sentences in exchange for pleading guilty to corruption charges. All five must accept the district attorney's offer or it will be taken off the table. It appeared Friday that one or more of the former city leaders was balking at the deal. The hearing was delayed until April 3. Last year, all five were convicted on charges that they inflated their paychecks, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on nearly half of the counts. The former council members were accused of misappropriating public funds by...

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