Former Hillsborough commissioner sentenced to prison | News
TAMPA, Fla. - Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White did not say a word while rushing to a waiting car outside Federal court Monday. He'd just been sentenced to three years in prison.
He pushed two media photographers out of his way. His supporters yelled, "Leave him alone!"
But inside the courtroom White was more contrite. He told the judge, "I accept full responsibility for all of my actions."
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In November, a jury convicted White on seven counts of public corruption, including bribery, wire fraud, and lying to the FBI. A key piece of evidence in that trial was a videotape that showed White accepting $5,000 from an undercover FBI agent. White told tow truck operators he could help them get on a lucrative law enforcement towing list.
Seventy-two of White's supporters wrote letters to Judge James Whittemore. Six of those closest to White stood up in court and asked the judge for leniency. "I know people make mistakes...show your mercy," White's wife, Jennie, told the judge.
But Judge Whittemore said this was clearly not a probation case and that White deserved three years of prison, followed by three years of probation. He must also pay a $7,500 fine.
"What you've done has overshadowed all the good you've done for your constituents," said Judge Whittemore. "You will go to prison. You breached the public's trust."
White is allowed to turn himself in at a later date to U.S. marshals. Federal officials have not yet decided where White will serve his time.
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