PHILADELPHIA – Former District Attorney Seth Williams, a career prosecutor who chased down municipal corruption but whose tenure as Philadelphia’s first black DA was mired in a corruption scandal, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for accepting a bribe.
The two-term Democrat didn’t speak during the hearing and instead had his attorney read a statement in which he apologized and said he had failed the people of Philadelphia.
“Rather than holding myself to a higher standard, I squandered that trust placed in me,” the statement said. As his lawyer read it, Williams’ face grew flush and he wiped away tears with a tissue.
U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said the 50-year-old Williams “humiliated” his office and the city by selling it to “parasites.”[contentcards url=”http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/24/former-philadelphia-district-attorney-gets-five-years-in-jail-for-bribe.html” target=”_blank”]