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Updated Mar 4, 2014 - 7:09 am

Former Fiesta Bowl boss Junker seeks probation for his part in scheme

PHOENIX — A former Fiesta Bowl chief executive who admitted to
participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme is asking a federal
judge to sentence him next week to probation for his conviction.

John Junker’s attorney said having a criminal conviction is enough punishment
for his client.

Junker attorney Stephen Dichter said his client has acknowledged his guilty
into the contribution scheme, has cooperated with authorities and is genuinely
remorseful for his actions.

Prosecutors who argued Junker abused his powerful position are seeking a
one-year prison sentence.

Sentencing is set for March 13.

Junker has pleaded to a federal conspiracy charge and admitted his involvement
in a scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to
politicians and were reimbursed by the bowl.

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