HARRISBURG — Three of the 10 Republicans charged in Pennsylvania's legislative corruption case are expected to plead guilty in exchange for their cooperation in prosecuting the other defendants.

The state attorney general's office said today that Samuel Stokes, a House employee and brother-in-law of former House Speaker John Perzel, and Don McClintock, a Perzel campaign aide, plan to enter their pleas before a Dauphin County judge on Wednesday.

Officials say Paul Towhey, Perzel's former chief of staff, is expected to plead guilty before the same judge Friday.

Each of three was originally charged with at least two dozen counts of conflict of interest, theft and conspiracy.

Attorney General's office spokesman Nils Frederiksen says each of the pleas will include felonies.

Perzel and former Rep. Brett Feese are among the remaining defendants.

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