Wilson Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

The former Temple City mayor breaks down in court, goes to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published February 10, 2012 (ONLINE ONLY)

Cathé Wilson is going to prison.

The former Temple City mayor was sentenced on Thursday, June 23, 2011 to a four-year prison term. Ms. Wilson, who was elected by voters to the city council four times, was convicted last month of bribery and perjury charges in regards to the Piazza corruption scandal.

According to the Pasadena Star News, as the judge announced Ms. Wilson’s sentence, she broke down. An ambulance later transferred the ex-councilmember to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

In addition, Ms. Wilson will need to pay developer Randy Wang $10,000 in restitution fees. The developer is currently working with the city on his re-conceived The Gateway project.

In April, prosecutors laid out a case against the former councilwoman, naming her as the ringleader. One week later, the trial concluded and a jury convicted Ms. Wilson on several counts of bribery and perjury.

Ms. Wilson was supposed to have received her sentencing on June 2, but the county failed to issue a probation report as required by law. As a result, Ms. Wilson’s sentencing was postponed.

While the former mayor received a four-year prison term, she could have faced a maximum of nine years in prison. However, the prosecutor only asked for a four-year term.

The sentencing of former Temple City Mayor Cathé Wilson signals the conclusion of a dark chapter in Temple City history.

The Piazza scandal led to two resignations from the city council in 2008 and 2009, as well as the defeat of Ms. Wilson during her re-election bid in 2009.

Another former mayor pled no-contest to charges against her last year and was recently released from prison.

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