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Former alderman begins serving second jail term

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MILWAUKEE (WSAU)  Former Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Junior goes back behind bars today, after he had his first two days of freedom since 2007 when he was arrested for corruption. McGee completed a nearly four-year federal prison term on Wednesday. He was convicted of using his power to grant liquor licenses to extort thousands-of-dollars in cash and other items from business owners.

McGee’s federal sentence was shortened by 10 months for good behavior. Now he’ll begin a one-year term in the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility in Franklin on state convictions. Those include lying to an elections official in a vote-buying scheme, and violating a court order in connection with a John Doe investigation. Ten other charges were dropped in a plea deal – including allegations that he plotted with a friend to have a man beaten up.

During his county jail time, McGee will be eligible for temporary releases for work, and to help take care of his kids. But McGee was rejected this week in his effort to get a driver’s license, because he previously had licenses under two names. He was born as Michael Jackson, but had used the McGee name his entire life. In 2006, prosecutors said he made up a Social Security number to get a license under the Jackson name, after his license under the McGee name was suspended.

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