Dwaine Caraway to be sentenced Friday in corruption case

Former Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway is set to be sentenced Friday on corruption charges.

On Thursday, a judge denied a last-minute request to delay Caraway’s sentencing. So, it will go on as scheduled at 1:30 p.m.

Caraway pleaded guilty this past August. He’s facing up to seven years in prison for his role in a fraud and tax evasion case.

He admitted to accepting $450,000 in a bribery scheme that led to the shutdown of Dallas County Schools – the largest school bus service provider in North Texas.

Defense attorney Richard Roper is not connected to the case. He said Caraway’s legal team will likely argue for leniency by showing the good he has done in the community.

“He'll have an opportunity to bring in character witnesses to talk about his good character and all the good deeds he’s done. And the reality of it is that he has served the community for a long time and he’s been involved in charitable activities.  I wouldn’t be surprised if his lawyer brought in that evidence for Judge Lynn to consider,” Roper said.

Roper said the judge will likely also consider the guilty plea in the sentencing since it shows Caraway has accepted responsibility.

Four other defendants in the case have already agreed to plea deals.