Florida Democrat Corrine Brown was tried for corruption after it was revealed she was running a fake charity which was supposed to benefit children. It turned out it mostly benefited Brown. Now she’s asking a judge not to send her to jail.
First Coast News in Florida reports:
Corrine Brown pleads for mercy, prosecutors ask for prison time
Former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown took the stand Thursday afternoon, pleading for mercy from federal judge Timothy Corrigan.
“I am sorry you have to be here today to see me in this situation,” Brown said in her statement to the court. “I never imagined I would one day be in court asking people to speak on my behalf – never. In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life The idea that some people could believe these charges hurt me because it runs contrary to everything I’ve ever believed and done in my life. I hope and pray these proceedings to don’t make them [ordinary people] lose faith in the system. I humbly ask for mercy and compassion.”
Brown was convicted on 18 counts of fraud and corruption in May.
The lead prosecutor in the sentencing hearing argued Thursday that the former congresswoman should be sentenced to about 7.5 to 9 years in federal prison. Her defense attorney is seeking probation and community service.
Prsecutor Tysen Duva told the court based on her actions during the investigation and in the trial, she should receive the most prison time out of the three co-conspirators.
Sentencing is expected in December. Brown could very likely go to jail.
#ANJaxBreaking: Prosecutors just filed new motion as judge weighs #CorrineBrown's sentence. Seeking restitution on top of forfeiture money, totaling $1,179,459.25. Expect sentence Dec. 4. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/KmdrPpAKrq
— Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) November 21, 2017