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John Glennon

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Updated: May 9, 2012 2:42PM

A federal judge in Chicago said Wednesday he has no intention of sending businessman John Glennon, a lesser-known figure caught up in the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to prison.

U.S. District Judge John Grady told Glennon he would delay his sentencing until April 9 and that he plans to sentence him then to probation and community service.

Glennon was charged in 2005 with covering up kickbacks involving state boards controlled by insiders connected to the now-imprisoned Blagojevich.

In 2007, Glennon pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony, a crime that carries a maximum three-year prison term.

Grady said Glennon’s behavior since his indictment has been exemplary and that he’d like Glennon to teach businessmen from poorer areas about how to secure financing.

Next week, former Blagojevich chiefs of staff John Harris and Lon Monk are to be sentenced. Their sentencings were delayed so they could testify at Blagojevich’s two trials. They’re both hoping for leniency in return for their cooperation.

Blagojevich entered a federal prison near Denver last week to begin serving his sentence.


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