Johnson starting 6-month jail stay

Former City Councilman Jon Johnson, who last summer pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned his position on the same day, was expected Tuesday to begin serving a six-month prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk originally ordered Johnson to report to prison Jan. 8. That date was delayed Jan. 4 after Johnson asked for more time to take care of his 8-year-old daughter who had the flu.

Johnson pleaded guilty in July to diverting funds that were from a nonprofit he controlled to his 2007 campaign for state Senate. He also pleaded guilty to submitting false documents to the Small Business Administration after getting a loan to repair storm damage to his home.

It was not immediately clear what facility Johnson was ordered to report to, but court records show that Africk on Monday denied a request from Johnson to serve his sentence at Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla., a minimum-security facility that houses male offenders.

Jason Williams, Johnson’s attorney, did not return phone or email messages Tuesday.

In addition to the six-month sentence, Africk sentenced Johnson to six months of home detention after he gets out of prison, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to pay nearly $79,700 in restitution to the federal government.