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Former Gov. Roger Wilson pleads guilty in donation case

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 4:26 p.m. CDT; updated 5:31 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 12, 2012
The bust of Roger B. Wilson sits outside the Roger B. Wilson County Government Center on 613 E. Ash St. that is named after him. The former governor of Missouri was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to laundering.

ST. LOUIS — Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to an illegal political donation made after he left office.

The plea Thursday came the same day federal prosecutors announced an indictment against Wilson and St. Louis lawyer Edward Griesedieck III. The indictment says Griesedieck had his law firm donate $5,000 to the Missouri Democratic Party and hid the cost in legal bills submitted to Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. in 2009, when Wilson was chief executive.

Wilson admitted in his plea that he knew about the illegal contribution when he approved the payment. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9, and he was freed on his own recognizance.

Wilson was lieutenant governor in 2000 and served as governor for three months after Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash.

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Richard Saunders April 12, 2012 | 5:11 p.m.

Can we rename the government center now?

No wait, having it named after a criminal is actually fairly accurate. (It will help to remind the 99% just who's in charge around here.)

Of course, this guilty plea over a $5k misdemeanor only confirms my suspicions that this is a white-wash job.

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