Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on Tuesday traded jeans and a light brown sweater for a khaki green prison uniform – and a once promising political career for a prison ID number, says the Charlotte Observer. Cannon began serving his 44-month sentence just before noon Tuesday, stepping out of a black SUV outside the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va., and checking in with guards.
According to prison protocol, he was fingerprinted, photographed and given a copy of the 50-page inmate handbook, which contains the rules, regulations and available programs of his new prison home. Cannon was arrested in March and accused of accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI agents and a Charlotte strip club owner. He resigned as mayor the same day. In June, he pleaded guilty to a single corruption charge. Given the programs and good-behavior incentives available to all federal inmates, Cannon could be back at home or in a Charlotte halfway house is less than two years.