Man admits role in East St. Louis bribery case -

Man admits role in East St. Louis bribery case




EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man faces up to 20 years in federal prison now that he's admitted helping East St. Louis' former deputy liquor commissioner try to solicit a $5,000 bribe.

Albert Thompson, 31, of Edwardsville, Illinois pleaded guilty Friday to a felony count of attempted extortion.

Federal prosecutors say Thompson admitted trying to extort the money in 2008 from an East St. Louis convenience store operator, who was told he had to pay in order to continue operating the business.

The city's former deputy liquor chief, Walter Hill, was sentenced last November to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of attempted extortion and lying to federal agents.

Thompson also faces a fine of up to $250,000 when sentenced July 29.

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