Gun Control Politician Pleads Guilty To Gun-Related Charges
Former California State Senator and top gun control advocate Leland Yee pleaded guilty Wednesday to public corruption. Still facing allegations of weapons trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, and drug distribution, Yee’s plea deal seems to indicate that he is ready to “rat out” an even wider group of Bay Area and Sacramento conspirators.
Yee and his three co-defendants that include political consultant Keith Jackson, 50, his son Brandon Jackson, 29, and former sports agent Marlon Sullivan, 30, avoided trial with a deal to plead guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California.
Yee and Keith Jackson pled guilty to conspiracy for offering political favors in exchange for contributions to Yee’s 2014 campaign for Secretary of State, and for helping pay off debt still owed from his unsuccessful 2010 run for San Francisco mayor. The felony charge carried a maximum prison term of 20 years and financial penalties, as well as possible restitution and forfeiture. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21. More