Former Commissioner Sentenced To 26 Months on Bribery Plea

Memphis (AP) -- A former Shelby County public official will spend time in prison for accepting bribes.

Former Shelby County Commissioner Michael Hooks Senior was sentenced Wednesday to 26 months in prison.

Hooks pleaded guilty as one of eleven people charged in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz investigation. The Tennessee Waltz led to calls for tighter ethics rules for lawmakers across the state.

Hooks' family has long been involved in Memphis politics. His uncle, Benjamin Hooks, is the former national director of the NAACP

The charges carried a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Hooks faced a lighter sentence being a first-time offender.

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