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Prosecutors Seek Lengthy Sentence for Ex-Alderman

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    Ambrosio Medrano

    Federal prosecutors say a former Chicago alderman should be sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for scheming to pay bribes in return for medical contracts and receiving kickbacks.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports government attorneys asked in a filing this week that Ambrosio Medrano serve between 14 and 17 1/2 years behind bars. His sentencing is Jan. 10.

    Prosecutors say the 61-year-old's behavior is especially egregious because he's a repeat offender. He served time in the 1990s for accepting a bribe.

    But defense lawyer Gal Pissetzky says Medrano should get no more than nine years given his age and what he calls Medrano's "genuinely redeemable qualities."

    For a conviction in a separate health care case, Medrano faces an additional five years when he's sentenced later by another judge.