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Mayor in Georgia resigns after felony conviction

Edward McIntyre, Augusta's first black mayor, resigned ''in the best interests of this city'' Thursday after being convicted on federal extortion charges.

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Mr. McIntyre maintained his innocence and said he was disappointed at the decision of the US District Court jury that convicted him on charges of extorting $9,000 from a land developer in exchange for a favorable council vote on a land deal.

He faces a maximum 60 years in prison and a $30,000 fine at his sentencing June 4. He also faces trial along with a real estate developer on charges contained in a separate two-count extortion indictment.

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