By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/09/2012 02:11:52 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE — A Rancho Cucamonga man was sentenced Monday to 12 months and one day in prison for aiding Upland’s former mayor in soliciting a bribe from a city business.

Anthony Orlando Sanchez, 37, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to solicit bribes on behalf of former Upland Mayor John Pomierski.

Sanchez, who is scheduled to surrender to authorities on Oct. 29, will be on supervised release for two years following his time in prison.

“I understand the seriousness of the crime I’ve committed and it’s impact on the community,” Sanchez said in court. “I take full responsibility for my action and I want to get on with my life.”

Sanchez was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Riverside.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office was seeking a 15-month sentence.

Sanchez’s attorney, Anthony Brooklier, was seeking time served due to Sanchez spending four months in custody earlier this year.

Brooklier said the prison time could cause Sanchez to lose a consulting job he recently obtained for a solar company as well as his ability to visit his two daughters.

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