Man on the Edge: How Would You Sentence Patrick Cannon?

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It’s all the buzz this week: former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is already convicted of corruption in a plea deal, and could face sentencing next week.  And since part of punishment is rehabilitation, the judge is going to look him in the eyes and try to figure out how Cannon really feels about his admitted misdeeds.

The deal calls for Cannon to continue talking with investigators about anything else they’re looking into: other people, other crimes, whatever.  For that, Cannon got to plead guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a 20-year maximum, and $250,000 fine.

But how much he gets, could depend on how seriously repentant the judge believes him to be.  Cannon has dropped out of the limelight since June, so the last time we actually saw him he was smiling for this selfie on his Facebook page.  That’s a little more than two months ago, and is more “me a-chillin'” than Mea Culpa.

So from what you’ve seen, how would you sentence him?  Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, let you be the judge: is Patrick Cannon really sorry?  Or just sorry he got caught?