A federal judge in Jacksonville has ruled that former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown must report to prison in January, rejecting her attorney’s request to let the former Congresswoman remain free while she appeals the hefty 5 year sentence she received earlier this month.
According to the Florida Times-Union, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan claimed it isn’t customary for defendants to remain free while their appeal is pending. So he said Ms. Brown must turn herself in to federal prison officials next month.
This is the latest shocking development in an already stunning set of circumstances that have culminated in the tremendous fall from power for Corrine Brown–who was once of the most influential and well-known African American political leaders in the state.
Brown was convicted after the feds brought charges accusing her of using a charity as a personal cash cow.
Few people expected Corrine Brown would end up in prison however.
Corrigan sentenced Ms. Brown to prison despite dozens of influential character witnesses having written letters to him in support of the 12 term former Congresswoman.
The judge instead said Ms. Brown could have faced even more time behind bars–up to 9 years.
Ms. Brown must report to prison on Jan. 28.