• Former Charlotte mayor may get out of prison early

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon may get out of prison sooner than expected.
              
    His attorney said he has been accepted into a drug treatment program at the federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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    During sentencing, he admitted to having an alcohol problem.
                          
    The program lasts for nine months.
                          
    If Cannon completes the work, it could take a year off of his sentence.
     
    Cannon started his 44-month prison sentence in November.
                          
    He pleaded guilty to using his political status to accept bribes and push through development projects.
                          
    Before the start of his prison time, legal experts explained to Channel 9 that along with the drug treatment program and good behavior, Cannon could have his sentence reduced to 24 to 30 months.

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