Corrupt Florida Democrat Corrine Brown is finally facing the music. Her trial is over. She was found guilty and has been sentenced to five years in prison. Based on prior reports about what she faced, we would say she got off relatively easy.
The Florida Times-Union reports:
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced to five years in prison
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan sentenced ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on Monday to five years in federal prison for fraud and tax crimes that include raising about $800,000 for a sham charity, a remarkable defrocking of the once-powerful and garrulous Jacksonville Democrat who inspired devotion and vitriol in equal parts throughout her decades in public office.
Brown’s longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, and the fake charity’s founder, One Door for Education President Carla Wiley, was sentenced to 21 months.
The trio fractured under the weight of the prolonged federal investigation and trial: Wiley and Simmons were once lovers, and Brown has said she loved Simmons like a son. In court, they were all on different sides…
Corrigan said Brown, 71, would report to prison no earlier than Jan. 8 to an as-yet undetermined prison, but allowed her to remain free until then. The Bureau of Prisons will decide the date she must surrender to authorities.
Brown’s attorney, James Smith of Orlando, argued for a probation-only sentence and said Brown would appeal Corrigan’s decision.
Here’s a video report:
She can appeal all she wants. In the mean time, she’s going to jail.