Prosecutors want the book thrown at Conyers
BY BEN SCHMITT
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors say they want ex-Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers to get “substantial” prison time when a judge sentences her Wednesday.
By their calculations, Conyers, who pleaded guilty last summer to taking $6,000 as part of a bribery conspiracy charge and faces a maximum five-year sentence, should get at least 46 to 57 months. Their sentencing memo was unsealed Monday.
The prosecution’s reasoning is that the related trial of her former chief of staff Sam Riddle revealed that she had a hand in at least $69,500 in bribery and extortion payments, issuing such edicts as, “You better get my loot, that’s all I know.”
It remains to be seen what factors, such as Conyers’ lack of a prior criminal record, will be weighed by U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn. Her former status as a public official doesn’t help.
“Anything less than three years and she better buy her lawyer a beer and pay him a lot of money, because that’s really an outstanding job,” Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor and Wayne State University law professor, said.