Ex-CEO of Fiesta Bowl seeks probation for his part in scheme

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former Fiesta Bowl chief executive who admitted to participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme is asking a federal judge to sentence him next week to probation for his conviction.

John Junker's attorney says having a criminal conviction is enough punishment for his client.

Junker attorney Stephen Dichter says his client has acknowledged his guilt in the contribution scheme, has cooperated with authorities and is genuinely remorseful for his actions.

Prosecutors who argue Junker abused his powerful position are seeking a one-year prison sentence.

Sentencing is set for March 13.

Junker has pleaded to a federal conspiracy charge and admitted his involvement in a scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the bowl.

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