Former Alderman Sentenced on Federal ChargesAP , Associated Press
Jan. 30, 1986 11:19 PM ET
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A former alderman was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison and fined $20,000 for vote fraud, attempted extortion and harboring a fugitive.
Sorkis J. Webbe Jr., 31, was convicted in November of destroying or tampering with absentee ballots in a 1980 election.
He pleaded guilty last month to charges of attempted extortion in connection with the awarding of a city cable television franchise. At the same time, he pleaded guilty to hiding purported underworld figure David Leisure in 1983 while Leisure was being sought on federal charges of racketeering and car bombing.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh sentenced Webbe to 11 years in prison and fined him $10,000 in the vote fraud case, and U.S. District Judge John Nangle sentenced him to 15 years and fined him $10,000 on the other charges.
Webbe told the judges he was sorry he committed the crimes.
Defense lawyers Albert Krieger and Robert Richie asked for leniency, saying Webbe was ''immature and had been swept up in the power held by his father.''
Sorkis J. Webbe Sr. was a businessman, lawyer and longtime Democratic power broker in the city. He was convicted of federal income tax evasion charges, but died of cancer in May before he could begin serving his prison sentence.