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Ex-Cook County commissioner sentenced to 11 years

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 3:20 p.m. CDT

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.

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