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Ex-general manager of L.A. Coliseum pleads guilty to conflict of interest

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In a move to avoid a possible extended prison sentence, Patrick Lynch, the former general manager of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has pleaded guilty to one criminal count of conflict of interest. 

The indictment alleged financial impropriety in the management of the historic, tax-payer owned stadium -- he was believed to have had a lucrative kickback deal with a maintenance provider.

The plea, entered Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, came with three years probation, an agreement to pay $385,000 in restitution, and 1,500 hours of community service. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped other felony charges against him.

Two rave promoters, two contractors, and another former Coliseum executive were also named in a 29-count grand jury indictment that includes corruption allegations of embezzlement, bribery, conspiracy and conflict of interest.