Dwaine Caraway

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Sentencing Today For Former Dallas Councilman Dwaine Caraway

April 05, 2019 - 7:29 am

By Austin York and Kristin Weisell 

DALLAS (KRLD) - Former councilman Dwaine Caraway could face years in prison for his role in a public corruption scheme that shut down Dallas County Schools, Dallas ISD's former school busing agency.

Caraway pleaded guilty last August to accepting nearly $500,000 in bribes and kickbacks from other people involved. In exchange, prosecutors say he voted to help a school bus camera company involved in a business deal, which nearly bankrupted Dallas County Schools.

Caraway's attorney, as well as prosecutors, actually asked the federal judge to postpone the sentencing. They argued Caraway is a key witness in another bribery scandal against Dallas developer Ruel Hamilton. However, that request was denied yesterday.

Former federal prosecutor Richard Roper says the judge feels she has all the information she needs to hand down a proper sentence.

"The judge can hand down any sentence she sees fit. Normally though, in a case like this, the judge will go below the guidelines set for cooperation," Roper says. 

Caraway’s sentencing phase is scheduled to start this afternoon.