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      Michael Brown, former D.C. Council member, sentenced Thursday in bribery scandal

      WASHINGTON (AP) - Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes in an undercover FBI sting.

      The 39-month sentence Thursday from a federal judge in Washington nearly matched prosecutors' request for a 43-month prison term.

      Brown's lawyers had sought a more lenient sentence.

      Brown admitted taking bribes from a man he thought was a businessman seeking preferential treatment on government contracts. The businessman turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

      Brown apologized and said he should have resisted the District's culture of corruption.