Ex-Assemblyman Sentenced for Laundering Bribes Taken by Legislator Brother

Former California Assemblyman Tom Calderon, a member of a now disgraced California political dynasty, was sentenced Monday to a year in federal custody for laundering bribes taken by his brother.

Former California Assemblyman Tom Calderon leaves federal court in Los Angeles after a sentencing hearing Sept. 12, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Former California Assemblyman Tom Calderon leaves federal court in Los Angeles after a sentencing hearing Sept. 12, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Citing Calderon’s significant health problems, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder showed some leniency, ordering Calderon to serve only the first half of the sentence in prison. For the second half, Calderon will wear an electronic monitoring device and live under house arrest.

The punishment, which sends Calderon to prison for significantly less time than the 18 to 24 months called for under federal sentencing guidelines, stemmed from a plea deal Calderon struck with the U.S. attorney’s office. Under the terms of the agreement, Calderon admitted to the money-laundering charge and prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 12 months behind bars.

The proceedings Monday brought to a close part of a FBI sting operation and bribery case that primarily targeted Calderon’s brother. Former state Sen. Ron Calderon has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents and a corrupt hospital executive. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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