This just in from WBAL ohline. Read the full story of what took place today in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
UPDATE: further updated news on the Dixon trial and her agreement to step-down as mayor.
Here’s the essence of the deal – but see the whole story:
BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, the first woman to hold the city’s highest position, will officially resign her post as mayor.
A deal was reached in the case regarding her recent conviction and her future case involving perjury charges, 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said Wednesday afternoon. Lawyers for Dixon and state prosecutors in her embezzlement trial spent time behind closed doors to discuss details of the deal.
According to the deal, Dixon will get probation before judgment on the embezzlement conviction, meaning she can keep her pension that’s worth more than $80,000 a year.
She’ll also have to make a $45,000 donation to the Bea Gaddy Foundation and do community service with Our Daily Bread. According to the deal regarding the perjury charges, she’s agreed to sell the gifts she received from developers, including a fur coat and electronics she bought with gift cards, and give the proceeds to charity.
The mayor agreed that she would not seek office in the city or state. She will also be on probation for at least four years.
In the perjury case, she has also agreed not to seek or accept taxpayer money for her defense fees.