The Mayor of St. Peters admits he’s committed a crime, but he’s staying on the job, just the same. In federal court in St. Louis, on Friday, St. Peters Mayor Shawn Brown pleaded guilty to a felony bribery charge. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on January 11th, and could receive a maximum penalty of ten years behind bars or a $250,000 fine. And, he could stay in the Mayor’s seat until he’s sentenced. Under the law, any public office holder convicted of a crime must step down from that office upon sentencing – which is still more than two months away. In the interim, if Brown refuses to resign, St. Charles County officials could take steps to remove him from office. Brown was indicted in August on a charge of accepting a bribe from a company that won a contract to install red-light cameras in St. Peters.
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