Oliver Robinson to be sentenced Thursday for bribery, tax evasion

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Former state Rep. Oliver Robinson will be sentenced Thursday afternoon in a federal court room.

Robinson could face up 100 years in prison for the seven charges he was found guilty of, but federal prosecutors are seeking he be sentenced just three years in prison for federal bribery charges and tax evasion,  a lighter sentence, as Robinson helped investigators in the case.

Robinson pleaded guilty last year to bribery in a scheme involving pollution in Birmingham, Ala. where he encouraged his constituents not to have their soil tested for contaminants in exchange for bribes from coal company executives.

Prosecutors are also asking Robinson to pay $169,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and forfeit more than $390,000.

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