LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A disgraced former public official is pleading to stay out of prison. Former Lee County commissioner Tammy Hall is asking, through her attorney, for probation or home confinement, after misusing campaign funds.
Her attorney, Eric Padron of Miami, wrote a 15-page letter to the federal court in Fort Myers, detailing Hall's many accomplishments, and then her fall into "deep depression" after the death of her mother in 2009. The letter says Hall also was blindsided by her long-time male companion, suddenly leaving her.
The letter says the depression made Hall irrational, and it was that irrationality that led her to use nearly $34,000 in campaign donations, for her personal expenses.
She pleaded guilty to the crime last year.
She will be sentenced on Monday, Jan 13. Federal prosecutors have said that Hall cooperated with their investigation, and they are agreeing to some leniency for Hall. A federal judge will have the final say on probation, or prison, for Hall.