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Former councilman sentenced to a year in Bell corruption scandal
Former councilman sentenced to a year in Bell corruption scandal

One of the former council members blamed for the corruption that left one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities headed toward bankruptcy was sentenced Friday to a year in the county jail, but he could be a free man in just weeks. George Mirabal is the first of the five former Bell council members to be sentenced for their role in a scandal that overtook the small city and made it a national symbol for municipal greed. "I feel so badly for the people of Bell that they were deprived of seeing Mr. Mirabal going to prison," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett, who recommended that Mirabal spend four years behind bars. Bell's new leaders criticized the short...

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