SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former San Diego city councilman convicted in 2005 of taking bribes from a Las Vegas strip club owner seeking to overturn San Diego's "no-touch" ordinance must begin serving his 21-month prison sentence by the end of the month, a judge ruled Friday.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of ex-councilman Ralph Inzunza, who was convicted in July 2005 of extortion, wire fraud and conspiracy. He was sentenced five months later by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Miller.
Inzunza has been free for the past 6 1/2 years while appealing his conviction.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wheat told the judge that Inzunza should start serving his sentence Friday, but Miller gave Inzunza until Jan. 30 to surrender.
"He was accused and convicted of selling his office," Wheat told reporters outside the federal courthouse. Inzunza will serve his time at a low-level satellite camp at Atwater Penitentiary in Merced County.
Two other San Diego city councilmen, Michael Zucchet and Charles Lewis, were also indicted in the case, along with Cheetah's strip club owner Michael Galardi and his lobbyist, Lance Malone.
Zucchet was convicted of nine charges for accepting campaign contributions in exchange for repealing the "no-touch" ordinance. Miller eventually threw out seven of Zucchet's convictions and the other two were later dismissed.
Lewis died in August 2004 from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Malone was sentenced to three years in prison and Galardi served 18 months behind bars.
The sea of pink continued Sunday with 2,200 people marching in the name of breast cancer research funding on the third - and final - day of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day.
Five people beat to unconscious a 37-year-old man and then took his cell phone at the Horton Plaza in San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
A non-injury fire Sunday completely destroyed one unit and damaged another in a Rancho Penasquitos apartment complex, displacing two families.
Pancho Segura, who rose from poverty to win six U.S. Pro singles and doubles championships and was one of the world's top amateur players in the 1940s and professionals in the 1950s, has died. He was 96.
A mistaken bump led to a man getting bit and cut with a knife near the Ocean Beach Pier, police said Sunday.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.