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Kwame Brown sentenced to 1 day for bank fraud

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Kwame Brown strode out of federal court in Downtown Washington Tuesday night straight into a political free fall.

The disgraced former D.C. Council chair was sentenced to one day behind bars Tuesday, bringing an end to his once-promising political career.

Brown resigned his seat in June and pleaded guilty to bank fraud and a misdemeanor campaign finance violation. He faced up to six months behind bars.

Federal prosecutors recommended that Brown serve six days of incarceration – to be served on the weekends.

In federal court, Brown told the judge he has been embarrassed and publicly humiliated. Rejecting the U.S. Attorney's recommended sentence, Brown's lawyers asked for no jail time and two years probation.

Judge Richard Leon decided to jail Brown for six hours, until close of business Tuesday; he will also served two years probation.

Leon also imposed six months of house arrest with an ankle bracelet and 480 hours of community service.

In D.C. Superior Court, he was sentenced to pay a $250 fine on a misdemeanor campaign finance violation. Brown admitted to both crimes in June and gave up his council seat as part of a plea deal.

In a sentencing memorandum, the U.S. Attorney’s office recommended that Brown also be on parole for three years after his release.

He admitted that he lied about his income on bank loan applications, one of which allowed him to buy a powerboat.

Authorities say that Brown deserves some leniency because he took responsibility for his crime by pleading guilty and cooperating with law enforcement officials. He also has no prior convictions.

Brown also didn’t default on the fraudulent loan and resigned from the D.C. Council, according to federal prosecutors.

As he left court Tuesday, Brown refused to answer any questions from reporters, but D.C. residents are talking. 

V. Stewart of D.C. said, "I think he should serve time just like any ordinary person."

"That's what the judges are here for - to judge you," added D.C. resident Muriel Langford. "I'm not here to judge you; they are...Now whether I like it or not, that's a whole different ballgame."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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