Former councilman ordered to prison show-up order - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former councilman ordered to prison show-up order

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former city councilman and longtime political activist is to begin his latest stretch behind bars at a federal prison in Alabama next month.

Rickey Peete, 52, is sentenced to just over four years in prison for taking more than $12,000 in bribes to support a real estate project. He was sent to prison in 1989 for extorting payoffs from home builders and spent 30 months in custody.

Both offenses were committed while he was on the Memphis City Council.

Peete was notified last week that his latest sentence will begin Jan. 3 at the federal prison at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

Peete was re-elected to the council in 1995 despite his first conviction.

A new state law passed this year bans former officials convicted of felonies while in office from seeking re-election.

A grand jury indicted Peete in December at the same time it handed down similar charges against fellow councilman Edmund Ford.

Ford remains in office and is awaiting trial. He is the brother of former state Sen. John Ford who is awaiting orders to begin a five-year sentence for taking payoffs during the statewide corruption scandal called "Tennessee Waltz."

 

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