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Convicted Ex-Councilman Dies

June 12, 1986|From Associated Press

Janitor-turned-Long Beach Councilman James Wilson, who resigned last month after being sentenced to three years in prison for accepting bribes from fireworks king W. Patrick Moriarty, died today.

Wilson, 58, free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction, was taken by rescue squad to St. Mary Medical Center in full arrest from an apparent heart attack. During Wilson's trial, his attorney described Wilson's rise from a janitor to become the city's first black councilman as a "Horatio Alger story."

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