NORFOLK -- Fifteen years ago in an upset victory, Anthony Burfoot entered Norfolk’s political scene with a promise to cement positive change on the City Council.
On Monday, he stood in a federal courtroom, pleading with a judge to give him a few extra days with his family before starting a six-year prison sentence on public corruption and perjury charges.
“I am begging you,” Burfoot, now the city’s elected treasurer, said as he choked back tears. “I am asking you.”
U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan Jr. ordered the former vice mayor to turn himself in to federal marshals by 2 p.m. Wednesday, giving him two extra days to get his sick mother’s affairs in order. Morgan also ordered Burfoot, 49, to forfeit $250,000 – proceeds from his crimes – and to do 360 hours of community service once released.