Former Sweetwater Mayor Returns Home After Serving Nearly Two And a Half Year Prison Sentence

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  • Former Sweetwater mayor Manny Marono returned to South Florida after serving 29 months in prison for accepting bribes while in office.

After nearly two and a half years behind bars, the former mayor of Sweetwater is back in South Florida with his family.

Manny Marono was greeted at Miami International Airport by his parents, as well as other family members and friends:

Marono was sentenced in 2014 to 40 months in prison after admitting to accepting bribes while mayor of the Miami-Dade city. He served 29 months in a facility in Alabama.

Marono will serve five more months in a halfway house, being able to return home on the weekend, and will spend the next two years on probation.

Marono was arrested as part of an investigation that included taking bribes from undercover FBI agents. The former mayor pled guilty from the start and apologized for his actions during his sentencing phase.

The same investigation also led to the arrest of Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi, who was eventually acquitted of charges and regained his position.

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