Michael Brown allowed to vacation before prison sentence

Brown pleaded guilty to acceping bribes from an undercover FBI agent. Photo: FBI

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown is due to be sentenced soon for his role in a bribery scandal that ended his political career and could put him behind bars for up to three years.

Before that happens, though, he had a simple request for a judge - he wanted to go on vacation. And, to the surprise of many, the court granted him that wish.

Brown pleaded guilty in June to a federal corruption charge which revealed that he took $55,000 in cash from an undercover FBI agent posing as someone who wanted to do business in Washington. It was the latest in a string of pleas that saw two other councilmen - Harry Thomas and Kwame Brown - plead guilty to corruption charges of their own.

Ahead of facing justice, Brown has been allowed by a federal judge to travel to Florida to spend the holidays with his family.

No one answered the door at Brown's Northwest Washington home when it was visited for comment.