Robert Rizzo Pleads No Contest to 69 Public Corruption Counts, Could Get Up to 12 Years
Robert Rizzo, the rotund ex-city administrator for Bell, pleaded no contest today to 69 charges brought against him for masterminding the corruption scheme that paid exorbitant salaries to city officials.
After the jump, find out how much time in prison the former Huntington Beach resident will get from the judge.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy says she will sentence Jabba the Corrupt to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 12 years in state prison on March 12.
Rizzo, who was being paid nearly $800,000 annually before he resigned in July 2010, will serve the longest prison term for any defendant convicted of public corruption since the establishment of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division, according to DA Jackie Lacey.
The open plea to the judge came less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his trial, and it was not a negotiated settlement with prosecutors, Lacey told City News Service.
"Although we were prepared to go to trial and felt confident we could convict Mr. Rizzo of all charges, we are pleased he chose to admit his guilt and accept full responsibility for the irreparable harm he caused the people of Bell,"' Lacey said.
Trial is still scheduled to begin Monday for Rizzo's co-defendant, former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia.
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