Former Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher was sentenced t
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February 10 - Former Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher was sentenced Monday in a corruption case to six months in a lock-in Tulsa at the facility.
Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson spared Fisher, 69, more time in prison. Defense lawyers argued the former official has already been sufficiently punished and humiliated.
"This is a man who was very humbled by what he experienced," said lawyer Bob Wyatt.
The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick, Fisher requested that more than seven years in prison for his violation of public trust.
The judge ruled that the sentence after Fisher pleaded no contest to accepting bribes. The trial against corruption was set to begin February 23.
Fisher was sentenced to 2 March compared to the sanction of Riverside Facility in Tulsa. He must pay for his stay. The judge said Fisher can participate in a release program of work. Fisher will be on probation for four years and six months after his release and must complete 150 hours of community service. He must also pay $ 5,000 in state funds for victims.
Judge Fisher has decided the future has already been ruined by his crime prior to a campaign against corruption cases. After losing an appeal, Fisher has spent about 14 months in prison in this case. The judge noted Fisher prison show apparently suffered the embarrassment of seeing his grandchildren to prison.
2 other cases resolved
The decision of the judge in the corruption case has prompted prosecutors and lawyers to resolve the other two against Fisher. Under their agreement, Fisher pleaded no contest to operating a charity illegally and mismanagement of funds for continuing education.
It will be tested in these cases, too.
In the corruption case, Fisher was accused of corruption, receiving gifts and gratuities from Texas business Gene Phillips, his family and his associates in exchange for preferential treatment. Prosecutors alleged illegal donations included a $ 25,000 check, $ 25,000 in postelection campaign contributions and nearly $ 20,000 in tailor-made office furniture.
The $ 25,000 check came in an envelope that read: "Merry Christmas". Fisher made the check was a loan.
Phillips was never charged and has denied the corruption Fisher. Prosecutors said it was difficult to charge any person to offer bribes because Fisher did not cooperate and "point the finger in the right direction."
Fisher, a Tulsa Democrat, was the insurance commissioner for nearly six years before resigning in September 2004.
This is a man who was very humbled by what he experienced. "
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