Ex-Cook County commissioner sentenced to 11 years
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Moreno has been sentenced to 11 years in prison in a federal extortion case.
Federal Judge Gary Feinerman sentenced Moreno on Wednesday in Chicago. The 61-year-old Moreno was charged in June 2012 along with former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano. Medrano was sentenced last month to 10 1/2 years in prison.
The judge also ordered Moreno to forfeit $100,000 and pay more than $138,000 in restitution. Moreno is to begin serving his sentence April 21.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the judge told Moreno that his conduct was "brazen" and "standard operating procedure." Moreno was a commissioner for 16 years, until 2010.
Moreno agreed to a plea deal last July that had him confess to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion.