Former State Senator and violent video game critic Leland Yee has pleaded guilty to a number of felony charges, among them bribery, extortion, and the ultimate irony of them all, gun-smuggling. Yes, a man who criticized games for having too many guns has pleaded guilty for offering to smuggle guns from The Phillipines into the United States for the New Jersey mafia.
Spoilers, they were actually undercover FBI agents. Busted.
All together, the racketeering charges could land Yee up to 20 years in federal prison and cost him a fine of $200,000. Pleading guilty will lead to the other charges being dismissed. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 21.
“Mr. Yee must now live with the consequences of betraying the trust that was placed in him when he became a public servant,” said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
“It is particularly disappointing and troubling when our elected officials violate their obligation to fairly represent their constituents. This office will continue to devote the resources necessary to ensure that our elected officials govern within the law.”
Just remember folks, in the eternal words of Penny Arcade, “Pretend violence is the gravest threat facing America.” Not convicted corrupt officials who speak one thing, practice another, and smuggle illegal guns into America, putting innocent lives at risk for personal monetary gain. It’s the pretend violence that’s to blame.
You can read the entire plea agreement here.