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Prosecutors Want 8 Year Sentence For State Senator

(AP) - Federal prosecutors want a judge to sentence a former California state senator convicted of racketeering to 8 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday that an 8-year sentence would reflect the breadth and length of Leland Yee's crimes and act as a deterrent to others.

Yee is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 24 after pleading guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to engage in racketeering. Yee was accused of soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for providing help from Sacramento. He was arrested in 2014 as part of an organized crime probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Reached by phone, Yee's attorney, James Lassart, said he was too busy and could not talk.