Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

Former California state senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty today to federal racketeering charges.   Yee was charged in March 2014 in a lurid indictment describing how the San Francisco-based politician used his influence to establish a “racketeering enterprise, trading political favors for campaign contributions and even offering to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mob figure.”  Not the usual forte of Bay-area politicos.

Yee’s plea agreement did not specify a sentence, but the racketeering charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.  Given the outrageous nature of Yee’s admitted conduct, expect prosecutors to seek a sentence in the high teens.

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