Sunday, February 19, 2012

Former Fiesta CEO makes plea deal

Report: Ex-Fiesta chief to plead guilty to felony
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In a case that highlighted the excesses of major bowl executives and the not-for-profit corporations that run them, former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker has agreed to plead guilty to state charges, ending a nearly year-long probe. Junker became the poster boy for BCS and bowl system critics who pointed to such excesses as one of the primary reasons for college football to regain control of its post-season. 

While Junker will agree to plead guilty, analysts say jail time is highly unlikely despite the lack of details regarding the specifics of his agreement.

The former top executive of the Fiesta Bowl has reached a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors to settle allegations related to a political donations scandal.
 
Arizona Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico confirmed Sunday that John Junker will appear in court on Tuesday, although she said she was barred from providing details before the hearing.
 
A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Junker will plead guilty to a felony charge. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal has not been filed in court.

The Arizona Republic first reported the deal with Junker in Sunday's editions. The newspaper quoted defense attorney Stephen Dichter saying his client faced up to 2½ years in prison but could also get probation. Dichter could not be reached Sunday.

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