- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on the sentencing of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer says the sentencing of a former Arkansas treasurer shows his office is committed to prosecuting public corruption cases.

Martha Shoffner was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison on bribery and extortion charges.

Federal prosecutors had told U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes in May that a term of 15 to nearly 20 years in prison, as suggested by sentencing guidelines, was appropriate, but in court Friday said they could accept a term of 5 ¼ to 6 ½ years.

Thyer says it was clear that Holmes had “a very difficult decision” in determining the sentence for the 71-year-old Shoffner.


12:25 p.m.

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner fought back tears as she addressed the court during her federal sentencing hearing.

Shoffner apologized to the people of Arkansas for her actions in a bribery and extortion case. U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced Shoffner Friday to 30 months in prison. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of at least 15 years in the case.

Shoffner was convicted of taking $36,000 from a bond broker in exchange for steering state business his way. In court she said her actions were wrong, unethical and a “violation of the public’s trust.”

Holmes said Shoffner must report to federal prison by Nov. 2.


12:15 p.m.

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison following her conviction last year on federal bribery and extortion charges.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes handed down the sentence Friday.

The 71-year-old Democrat was convicted last year of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash, including $6,000 in a pie box.

She resigned in 2013, days after she was arrested by FBI agents in a sting operation.

Her attorney had argued that Shoffner, because of her age, should receive a sentence of 12 months to 18 months in prison, with half in home detention.

Federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of 15 to nearly 20 years in prison, saying a lighter sentence would send the wrong message about public corruption.



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