ATLANTA - A judge has sentenced former Gwinnett County commissioner Shirley Lasseter to nearly three years in prison for her role in a major corruption scandal.
In May, Lasseter pleaded guilty, along with her
Lasseter was facing up to 57 months behind bars, but at the hearing prosecutors asked the judge to consider the lesser sentence since she has been cooperating with investigators in an ongoing corruption probe in Gwinnett County.
Lasseter's attorneys and family members and friends, who, tearful at times, testified on her behalf asked the judge for even less jail time due to her long history of public service, but ultimately the judge said no. Lasseter did not speak at the hearing.
Meantime, prosecutors charged another Gwinnett county businessman, Mark Gary, with paying Lasseter and her son $30,000 in bribes for her yes vote on a controversial waste transfer station in which Gary had a personal financial stake.
Lasseter will report to prison as soon as the bureau of prisons finds a spot for her. That could take four to six weeks.
Her lawyers have asked she serve her time in a minimum security prison near Atlanta.
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