Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland Pleads Guilty and Resigns

May 03, 2021, 9:59 AM

Gabe Leland: "I knew it was against the law."

Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland pleaded guilty Monday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court to misconduct in office, as expected.

His attorney Steve Fishman said he has resigned from the council, The Detroit News reports. State law prohibits convicted felons from holding state or local office.

"I accepted a campaign contribution in cash. At the time I accepted the cash contribution I knew it was against the law to do so, which makes it misconduct in office," Leland told the judge.

Leland took $7,500 in cash for his 2017 re-election campaign.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Gregory Bill will sentence him June 7. He's expected to get probation. A related federal charge is expected to be dismissed.

Leland originally was charged in 2018 with bribery in federal court for taking the $7,500 and free car repairs in exchange for his vote on a land transaction involving businessman Bob Carmack.

Subsequently, Fishman was able to broker a deal for him to face the lesser charge in state court.

Prison time was likely if he pleaded or was convicted of the federal charges.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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