BREAKING: Former Lodi City Councilmember Shakir Khan Pleads No Contest
After months of controversy, embattled Lodi businessman Shakur Khan has pled “No contest” to 71 felonies and 6 misdemeanors.
The sentence that was agreed to by Khan and his lawyer is eight years prison imposed and suspended for illegal gambling and unemployment insurance fraud. Also, three years (serve two year locally) for Election Fraud (2020-2022 Elections). Any violation of probation will get him the eight year prison sentence enforced. He had to waive rights to any appeals.
An Asset Forfeiture hearing and custody reporting date is set for a future date. Khan remains out on his own recognizance.
Allen Sawyer, the attorney representing Mr. Khan, stated, “Today, Mr. Khan has made a difficult decision in the best interest of his family and his future. Facing a potential State Prison sentence of 40 years, Mr. Khan has accepted a plea agreement with the court, which under the terms will result in a 2-year sentence at the San Joaquin County Jail. With standard procedures and credit for time served, we anticipate the actual time served to be closer to one year.”
Sawyer continued, “The decision to enter a plea of no contest with a West declaration is not one that comes lightly. However, Mr. Khan has chosen to take this path as a means to an end, ensuring that he can return to his family in the shortest time possible. He has a wife and young children whose well-being has been at the forefront of his considerations throughout this process.”
Mr. Khan has expressed his intention to focus on his family and begin the process of moving forward after the conclusion of these legal proceedings. He extends his gratitude to the community for their support and requests privacy for him and his family during this time.
Mr. Khan and his legal team will not be providing further comments on the matter at this time.
For further information, please contact:
Law Office of Allen Sawyer