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Former Fiesta Bowl CEO enters 2nd guilty plea

This Jan. 4, 2010 photo shows Arizona governor Jan Brewer and then-Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker on the sidelines during the 2010 Fiesta Bowl college football game in Glendale. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

The Fiesta Bowl’s former CEO has pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from his role in an illegal campaign-finance scheme.

John Junker entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. It’s his second plea agreement in the case.

The 56-year-old Junker pleaded guilty last month in Maricopa County Superior Court to a state felony charge of soliciting a fraudulent scheme.

Both guilty pleas stem from a scheme in which the Fiesta Bowl reimbursed with bowl funds employees who made political campaign contributions.

Junker’s attorney says his client faces up to 2½ years in prison on the state and federal charges combined.

The Arizona Republic says Junker’s state sentencing is scheduled for April 26 while his federal sentencing is on May 21.

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