WARNER ROBINS -- Former Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams will face sentencing on extortion and related convictions in June.
Friday, the sentencing hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. June 21 before U.S. District Court Judge Marc Treadwell. Treadwell presided over the three-day trial in federal court in Macon.
Wednesday, jurors found Williams, 73, guilty of using his position on council to get a $1,720 kickback from the sale of a $21,000 truck to the Warner Robins Police Department. The sale was halted, and Williams gave the money back to the car salesman. He was defeated in the November election.
He was convicted of extortion under the color of official right, making false statements to FBI agents and tampering with a witness.
After dismissing jurors Wednesday, Treadwell said that Williams could remain on a $20,000 bond “for now.” The judge said from the bench that he wanted to check on a few matters as to whether Williams may continue to remain on bond until sentencing.
If that were to change, a bond revocation hearing likely would be scheduled.
Treadwell told Williams that he must remain on the bond conditions imposed by federal Magistrate Judge Charles Weigle that included home detention. Williams must remain at home except for education, religion, employment and any other approved conditional outings.
The extortion and tampering convictions each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while the false statements conviction carries up to five years.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore has said that he believes the convictions merit some sort of jail time, but that will be up to the judge based on a federal sentencing guidelines and a pre-sentencing report.
Tina Hunt, an assistant federal defender who represented Williams, could not be reached immediately for comment.
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