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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Councilmen Sentenced

Former Citycouncilmen Enrique "Kike" Martin and John Saunders were sentenced yesterday for their part in a City Hall bribery scandal. Martin was given 13 months in federal prison, slightly less than the expected 18-24 months because he testified against the other defendants. Saunders was actually given a break. Expected to be given the 18-24 month sentence, US District Judge W. Royal Ferguson, cut Saunders some slack because of his work in the community and to keep his sentence on par with Martin. Saunders will report to prison on June 15, while Martin will report to prison on May 23 so that he can process paperwork related to his sentencing in his state case.

Both Martin and Saunders received about $2,500 for their votes in giving the tax-collecting firm Linenbarger Goggan Blair Pena & Simpson a lucrative city contract. Amazingly enough, Saunders pleaded ignorance in front of the Judge, but still apologized for his lack of judgement. "No one is more deeply remorseful than I am. I certainly want to apologize to the people of San Antonio and especially district 2. Even though I made a tremondous mistake, I never sold my vote," said Saunders.

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