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Former St. Peters mayor begins prison term

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Former mayor Shawn Brown

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The former mayor of St. Peters begins an 18-month sentence in federal prison after his conviction for taking a bribe.

Shawn Brown, 35, was sentenced in January and began serving his term Thursday at a minimum-security prison near Duluth, Minnesota.

The facility has about 850 male inmates and is a former Air Force base.

Brown resigned as mayor of the St. Charles County town in October after admitting he solicited and accepted a bribe of nearly three-thousand dollars from the company installing red light cameras.

Authorities say Brown threatened to veto legislation authorizing the camera system unless the company paid him.

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