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Ex-CEO of Fiesta Bowl gets 2nd sentence in a week

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to three years of probation on a state conviction for his acknowledged role in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

The sentencing Thursday in county court in metro Phoenix marked the second punishment 58-year-old John Junker has received in the last week in the contribution scandal that jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license and led to the ouster of the bowl leader.

"I wish to express my apologizes to the wonderful people who have served the Fiesta Bowl as volunteers and staff. Although I worked very hard for 30 years to build an organization worthy of them, I failed terribly in this chapter. I express my sorrow to you on their behalf and also to you for the laws of our sate.  I am very, very sorry," said Junker.

A week ago, he was sentenced in federal court to eight months in prison on a conspiracy conviction arising from the scandal.

In both cases, Junker has admitted being involved in a scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

Employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for campaign contributions.

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